Last year I was having a hard time keeping my 5-year old daughter hydrated. I started noticing she wasn’t drinking enough when I noticed she never had to urinate during the day. Jasmine is old enough to remember me being hospitalized when I was 32-weeks pregnant with her baby brother. I was first admitted for a rather large kidney stone and later found out I was dehydrated. I tend to use that experience to scare her a little. She remember me not being home and sleeping at the hospital, she missed me terribly. I tell Jasmine that if she doesn’t drink enough water and juice that her kidneys will be mad at her and will not work properly. Keep your child hydrated with these 5 easy tips.
These are 5 methods that work for me and my child. Every day is different, no two days are the same. I still have to keep on Jasmine to finish her drinks, but she’s worth the extra time and effort. Jasmine is using the bathroom more during the day, even at school, too. Her urine is not as yellow as it use to be so I know we are doing something right.
Before I knew better I would just ask Jasmine if she was thirsty, if she said no then I wouldn’t push it. After my scare with dehydration and my kidney stone I knew then and there that I didn’t want the same thing to happen to Jasmine. Last year I vowed to do everything in my power to keep my child hydrated daily.
Keep Your Child Hydrated with These 5 Easy Tips
1. I think the most important part of all of this is to educate your child about why it’s so important to drink plenty of fluids daily. If your child knows why they need to drink water then they might be more inclined to actually do it. And keeping water readily accessible to your children is very important, too.
2. Bring bottled water or a cooler packed with water and juices with you in your car. Always have water on hand.
3. Offer your child choices. Your child is more inclined to drink if they are drinking something they like. If you don’t feel like fighting with your child then by all means, allow them a choice. Although it so important that children drink more water than anything else, sometimes letting them choose is okay too. I pick my battles wisely.
4. Water down all sports drinks, sugary drinks, and juices with ice cubs or filtered water.
5. Create a chart or reward system for successfully drinking their recommend amount of water. Make finishing their water a game, keep it fun.
Since my daughter is in the 4 to 8 year-old range it’s recommended that she drink at least 5 glasses of water daily. That’s about 1 litre total. For children in the 9-12 year old range it’s suggested that they drink 7 glasses of water daily, about 1.5 litres. Tweens and teens should drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily, nearly 2 litres.
There you have it, 5 easy tips to help encourage your child to drink more water and to stay hydrated. Jasmine is so proud of herself for keeping her kidney’s and the rest of her body happy.