There’s no doubt about it. For many kids, the summer season, hands down, is the best part of the year. They can run around outside in their shorts and flip-flops. They can play in the park or at the pool. They can eat ice cream to their hearts’ content.
But, if there’s one thing that parents have to make sure their children get plenty of in the midst of all of their “fun in the sun” is plenty of fluids. That’s because a few hours in the heat can cause children to become dehydrated and if untreated, that can lead to headaches, dizzy spells, fainting or worse.
So what are some ways that you can make sure that your children are well-hydrated in midst of hot summer weather? We have five good tips that will do just that below:
Make sure they get plenty of water. As you probably guessed, the best thing that you can do is make sure that your children get plenty of water; at least 6-8 glasses of it per day. If they’re not super big fans of it, try serving them some mineral water with fruit juice in it or water that is lightly flavored (and has fewer calories than juice or soda) like Twist.
Serve them milk and yogurt for breakfast. Not only is milk and yogurt full of calcium which is ideal for growing children, but they also are two ways to provide your kids with the fluids that they need. If you prefer to not serve cow’s milk, both rice and almond milk are great alternatives. Plus, with a bit of yogurt, ice and honey added to it, your kids can have some awesome smoothies.
Offer plenty of fruit. The wonderful thing about fruit is that it’s filled with vitamins, mineral and also plenty of water. So, if your kids are interested in having a snack, how about serving them up some oranges, cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries or a bowl of blueberries. They are some of the most water-filled fruits around.
Play outside early in the morning or early in the evening. If you spoke to someone who works on air conditioners, one of the things they would probably tell you is that one of the most common air conditioning problems is adjusting the settings a lot. One way that you can avoid doing this is by purchasing a programmable thermostat. Another way is to set it to blow cooler air during the peak hours of heat (noon) and lower when you’re outside playing with your children. And when it comes to the summer season, when should that be? Most doctors would recommend going outside either before 11am or after 5-6pm.
Make popsicles. Another fun and effective way to keep fluids in your children’s systems is to give them some fruit and water in the form of popsicles. Although this can be as simple as pouring some juice into some plastic popsicles molds, there are all kinds of creative ways to make this kind of nutritious treat. For some awesome recipes, try coconut ice pops, avocado ice pops, or visit Inhabitots.com and put “popsicle recipes” in the search field. Enjoy!