Did you know that ignoring child dehydration can lead to a reduction in both his mental and physical performance, as well as more serious conditions?
Dehydration can increase children’s risk for a whole range of health problems and some of them are: tooth decay, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, childhood obesity, heart disease and neurological disorders.
According to the United States National Institute of Health, Children need more water than adults because of their high energy output, and it is imperative to understand these warnings:
The brain is made up of about 80% water, an essential element in neurological transmissions. Evidence shows that cognitive performance decreases by 10% in healthy youngsters when they are thirsty. The key to increasing the brain’s ability to learn and retain information, is drinking water in small quantities throughout the day.
Headaches, irritability and sleepiness are often signs of child dehydration, as well.
In his book called: ABC of Asthma, Allergies & Lupus: Eradicate Asthma – Now! Dr. by F. Batmanghelidj teaches us about how drinking water is directly related to the prevention and cure of childhood asthma
If your child has been ill with symptoms such as fever or diarrhea, is vomiting, or participates in intense physical activity, such as high energy sports that require long periods of running, soccer as an example, it is vital to watch for the danger signs of dehydration, which can include:
Different surveys show that at school children drink less water than they should and this, often in the favor of colored, sweet drinks.
As a parent, it is your responsibility to educate and discourage your children from becoming addicted to artificially colored, flavored and sweetened drinks.
Instead, kids can be provided with an easy to refill, nicely colored and funny child water bottle. – They can get attracted to this by encouraging them to choose their own colors and designs together and giving them the model of watching their parents doing the same.
This way they will be proud of what they are doing and be more likely to drink water instead of other unhealthy beverages.
– Large amounts of pale urine indicates good hydration, while small amounts of dark urine indicates a degree of dehydration. Teach your child to tell you if they notice this danger sign.
– Fruits and vegetables add to the daily intake of necessary fluids!
***Caution: Babies should not be given water (unless specifically recommended by the doctor). They get hydrated from the milk the drink and food they eat.