Keeping Your Kids Hydrated

Proper hydration makes us feel, look, and perform our best. This is true for adults or kids, whether it is in the classroom or on the sports field.  Children aged 5-13 need 5 to 7 - 8 oz. glasses of fluids daily, more when it is very warm or they are running around a lot. The best liquid to stay well-hydrated is water; it’s readily available and has no sugar or additives.

What about kids who play sports? Do they need something extra to avoid dehydration? Not necessarily, according to kidshealth.org. The average young athlete can and should get all the necessary nutrients and hydration by eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water before, during, and after exercise. During games and competitive events, drinks should be available at all times and regular water breaks should be scheduled about every 15 or 20 minutes. The amount of water needed can vary depending on the child's age, weight, intensity of the activity, and weather conditions.

Beware of fortified drinks such as Gatorade, Powerade and Vitamin water; they often have a lot of sugar. Of course the kids love them, and many advertisements say they need them, but in reality, unless they are in the sun sweating for several hours, they don’t really need to replace any electrolytes. Foods in their diet will normally take care of that. Check the chart below to see how much sugar is in those drinks.

  • Gatorade- 14 teaspoons of sugar
  • Powerade- 7 teaspoons of sugar
  • Vitamin water- 7 teaspoons of sugar
  • Soda- 9 teaspoons of sugar
  • Water- 0 teaspoons of sugar

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Posted by mr..prodanas On 18 May, 2016 at 9:55 AM