Here are some things to know about children and hydration: 

  • Kids don’t always recognize the early stages of thirst
  • Children should hydrate with plain, natural drinks that are unsweetened and free of additives
  • Children should aim to have 6-8 drinks per day
  • Research suggests that hydrated children perform better in school
  • Children participating in sports or exposed to warm weather should drink more water

Know the signs of dehydration, which include:

  • Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness or fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or lightheaded feeling
  • No tears when crying

To learn more about how to make sure your kids stay hydrated, meet with a CHKD pediatrician or call (757) 668-7500.