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Keeping children properly hydrated during the hot summer months is very important for their overall health. Young children cannot tolerate temperature extremes as well as adults. They sweat less, produce more heat and acclimatize to heat more slowly. Active children lose two or more quarts of water daily so their bodies need to be continuously replenished.
A good way to tell if your child is drinking enough fluids is if they are urinating regularly. Darker than normal urine or infrequent urination may indicate they are not drinking an adequate amount. Symptoms of dehydration include dry mouth, fatigue, headache, dizziness and difficulty breathing, particularly during periods of increased physical activity. It's best to offer fluids throughout the day to keep children hydrated and this way, beverages won't fill their tummies at mealtime before they've had a chance to eat their meal. Water is an easily available drink. Juice, fruit-flavoured juice drinks and soft drink mixes provide fluid and flavour. Below are some tips to help keep kids hydrated:
Good luck and drink up!
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