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Tips for Kids Who “Don’t Like Water”

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:

 

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