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Keep Kids Hydrated This Summer

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Monday, 13 Jul 2015 12:25 PM Current | Bio | Archive

When it's blazin' hot outside, marathon runner Ryan Hall —who, in 2014, helped rival runner Meb Keflezighi become the first American to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years — starts his day with 20 ounces of water. And he drinks at least eight ounces before and after meals.

But many famous performers aren't so smart: Since 2010, Gene Simmons, Lady Gaga (twice), Katy Perry, and Nick Cannon have all canceled gigs because of dehydration.

It's a desert out there for lots of North Americans, and no group is left higher or drier than kids ages 6 to 19.

One study from Harvard found that more than 25 percent of young folks don't drink any water during the day, and only around half get enough hydration. (They may drink lots of sugar-packed soda and juicy drinks, but a load of caffeine and excess sugar can actually trigger fluid loss.)

Adequate water intake is important for kids' circulation, metabolism, temperature regulation, digestion, and urination. Even mild dehydration can trigger headaches, irritability, decreased physical performance, and fuzzy thinking.

This summer, make sure your kids get plenty of water: 5 to 8 year olds need 34 ounces daily; 9 to 12, around 50 ounces; and 13 and older require around 64 ounces.

Start their day with an 8 ounce glass of water; put a frozen bottle into their lunchbox; keep a pitcher of cool water in the fridge; and have them drink at least 8 ounces before heading out to play.

And dilute all sports drinks and juices by half with water.

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