Sep 07 at 1:57pm

Doctor from The Woodlands shares tips on keeping kids hydrated

by The Woodlands

The start of the school year doesn’t mean an end to the heat in Houston.  Physicians with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital want to remind parents the importance of encouraging kids to stay hydrated.

"Just because they’re in school doesn’t mean they’re not sweating. They could be outside for recess, participating in a gym class, or simply enduring the heat as they walk among school buildings. Sweating is possible in any of those situations and that means they need to replenish their fluids,” said Paola C. Batista, M.D., a family medicine physician with Memorial Hermann Medical Group in Sterling Ridge.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says children age four to eight should have five cups of water a day. Children ages nine to 13 should have seven or eight cups of water a day. Teens age 14 to 18 should have eight to 11 glasses of water a day.  This can vary based on your child’s gender and activity level.

Dr. Batista says teachers, parents, and other caregivers should encourage students to drink water during water breaks. If the school allows, she also encourages parents to pack a water bottle for children to drink throughout the day.

"Parents also can help their children stay hydrated by packing their lunch with food that’s high in water content. Consider foods like cucumbers, zucchini, watermelon and strawberries when you pack your child’s lunch,” she added.

Know the Warning Signs of Dehydration

Parents should know the warning signs that may indicate their child is not getting enough water. "If a child complains about being dizzy or lightheaded, has a dry mouth or skin, or is lethargic it may be a sign of mild dehydration. Give them extra fluids in small sips and get them to rest. If they begin to vomit or develop diarrhea, call your family physician or go to an emergency room to have them checked out,” said Dr. Batista.

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