Summer Hydration

By: Sara Hodges Email
By: Sara Hodges Email

It's approaching 90 degrees and the kids have been playing outside for hours.time to get a drink.

"grape soda, Dr. pepper"

But neither of those is what the doctor ordered.

"We think water is the best hydrating agent not juices and not sports drinks. Our body craves water when we are at risk of dehydrating."

Margaret Greathouse gets it. She and her granddaughter, Kara , schedule water breaks,and plenty of them.

"Probably a couple gallons anyway, she is always drinking water because she is very active."

So how much water should your kid be drinking?

"We often say that children should drink half of their weight in ounces of water a day, so if they weigh 40 pounds they should need at least 20 ounces of fluids a day."

While Kara enjoys a cold glass of water, not all kids are ready to give up bubbly sodas and sweet juice. That's where parents can get a little creative and tricky.

"You know flavored water that doesn't have added calories will often encourage children to drink water. Often times if they have a nice water bottle that they think is kind of cool its easier to get them to drink water."

Following these tips can help parents.

"Cheers"

And kids raise their glasses to a safe, cool, summer. Sara Hodges, WTVY News 4.

In addition to water, plan for lots of rest being in the sun can make your child more tired then usual.


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