Why is hydration so important for kids?

Our bodies are made up of mostly water. Water helps our bodies function properly in many ways, including:

  • Regulating body temperature
  • Carrying nutrients around our bodies
  • Flushing out waste
  • Keeping joints lubricated
  • Helping the brain function

When are kids most at risk of dehydration?

Kids are more likely to get dehydrated than adults because:

  • Their bodies are smaller and have more water relative to body weight.
  • They sweat more during physical activity.
  • They may not recognise when they are thirsty.

Signs of dehydration in kids

  • Dry mouth and lips
  • Feeling thirsty
  • Decreased trips to the loo
  • Dark-coloured wee
  • Feeling tired
  • Feeling hungry
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Constipation

Tips for keeping kids hydrated

  • Make sure your child has a water bottle with them at all times.
  • Offer water frequently throughout the day, even if your child doesn’t say they’re thirsty.
  • Let your child choose a fun water bottle or cup.
  • Add slices of fruit or cucumber to water for flavour.
  • Make water popsicles.
  • As always monkey see monkey do – drink plenty of water yourself.
Zack George A.K.A Steel is one of our Happy Confidence Kids Sports Coaches. We recently ran a Confidence Masterclass with him where we teach kids how to recognise thirst.

By following these tips, you can help keep your child hydrated and avoid meltdowns. So if in doubt DROP and DRINK, this is one of the basic needs we talk about during our Meltdown Workshops, our Teacher Training and our Sports Coach Masterclass.

Online workshop for parents and carers.






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