11 Ways to Prevent Child Dehydration
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Did you know that thirst is a sign your hard-working body has long been requiring water?
That means by the time your child asks for water they are already dehydrated.
The point is not to guzzle water a few times a day, but to build in rhythms and systems that work for your whole family to regularly and consciously take in this absolute necessity for life.
Here are 11 Tips, Tricks, Solutions and Systems for keeping your family hydrated:
- If you want your children to drink, You drink!
- Drink water first thing in the morning to jumpstart your systems from the dry air of sleep-breathing and AC/heated air.
- Squeeze a half lemon in your water to raise the pH (alkalinize) your water.
- Make a ritual of packing water when you leave the house.
- Keep a water jug or jugs (around a gallon or 2 qts) full and refilled around the house.
- Grab a glass of water while you are making meals/snacks (sometimes a time when we are thirsty and have not had water for some time).
- Drink a big glass of water first, wait 10 min, then eat.
- Drink before going to bed (and go potty, too).
- Play a water drinking game as a family.
- Try using a straw or a squeezy cup for reluctant drinkers.
- Make a sign (or signs) and post them around the house. (Have your kids help make the signs.)
The key to preventing dehydration in your child(ren) is to integrate a healthy habit of water intake.