Tips for Kids Who “Don’t Like Water”

Chef MeganBy Chef Megan McCarthy, UnitedHealthcare of Georgia

 Back to school means back to sports for many kids in metro-Atlanta. According to Dr. Linda Britton, medical director of UnitedHealthcare of Georgia, kids aged 4-13 should drink approximately 6-8 cups of fluid a day — more and more often when they are physically active in hot weather. Skip the juice and soda. Fruit water is a great way to make sure kids who “don’t like water” get the fluid they need to stay healthy and high-performance.

 

Recognizing Dehydration

If your child has a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting, or is sweating a lot on a hot day or during intense physical activity, watch for signs of dehydration. These include:

  • A dry or sticky mouth
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Eyes that look sunken
  • In babies, the soft spot (fontanelle) on top of the head looks sunken
  • Peeing less or fewer wet diapers than usual
  • Dry, cool skin
  • Irritability
  • Drowsiness or dizziness

Here are some refreshing ideas from UnitedHealthcare of Georgia to keep kids hydrated:

 

Water Ideas 1

Water Ideas 2

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