Staying hydrated is often associated with summer weather. When kids play in the heat, it is easy for them to get thirsty and sweat. During the winter months, kids can feel less thirsty and can often forget to drink water as much as they would in the summer. Proper hydration is just as important in the wintertime. Sweating can easily occur under the many layers of winter clothing which can lead to dehydration. When your child catches common winter illnesses, such as the cold or flu, dehydration may be the cause. Here are four tips to keep your child hydrated in the winter.
- Water Bottles – Make water bottles a habit of carrying in the winter. Include water bottles in your child’s lunch and encourage them to use it during and after meals as well as physical activities.
- Flavoured Water – Add fruits and veggies to change the taste of your child’s water. Many water bottles come with a fruit infuser that makes it easy and safe to include different variations of fruits and vegetables.
- Fruits and vegetables – Many fruits and vegetables are high in water content, such as celery, watermelon, cucumbers and many more. Include these in your child’s meals and snacks.
- Switch up the temperature – Cold water in the winter may not seem as appetizing as it would in the summer. Although colder fluids are absorbed quicker, warmer fluids keep the internal body temperature optimal, especially after any physical activity in the cold. Try giving your child warm water to drink after they come in from the cold, or serve warm soups that are high in water content.