When temperatures start climbing during the months of June, July and August, it’s crucial to keep your kids hydrated while they play outdoors. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children drink six glasses of water per day but when playing outside in hot weather, they suggest replenishing with 5 ounces every 20 minutes. Here are some ways to ensure your kids get the water they need to stay full hydrated:
– Don’t wait until they are already outdoors before getting them to drink water. Whether indoors or out, create a habit of drinking water throughout the day to maintain constant hydration.
– Create a “hydration station” in your backyard by setting up a cooler next to an outdoor fan. Make sure kids are taking a quick break every 20 minutes to cool down for a minute or two.
– Keep full water bottles in the fridge and within easy reach so it’s easy and convenient for them to grab a quick drink.
– Put a lemon in their water, too. The extra little taste it gives doesn’t have to be reserved just for adults!
– Freeze water with fruit in popsicle molds and offer them during breaks.
– For older kids biking around the neighborhood, install a water bottle holder and then make sure it’s used!
And remember that water is the best source of hydration for your kids. Make sports drinks and popsicles a special treat and not the norm!