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How can I make sure my child is getting enough hydration throughout the day?

Hi everyone,

I'm a first-time mom and I have a 2-year-old toddler who is quite active and always running around. Lately, I've been concerned about whether or not my child is getting enough hydration throughout the day. I want to make sure that my child is well-hydrated, especially since we live in a hot and humid climate.

Can anyone share some tips or tricks to ensure that my child is getting enough water during the day? Are there any signs or symptoms that I should look out for to determine if my child is dehydrated? I would really appreciate any advice or suggestions that you may have.

Thank you all so much!

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bernhard.kylee

Hello there,

I have a similar experience where my toddler wasn't getting enough hydration during the day. What has worked for us is to let our child choose their water bottle. We found that our child was more inclined to drink water from a bottle that they picked out, rather than a sippy cup or regular cup.

Another tip is to make drinking water fun. We use colorful and fun straws or put some ice in our child's cup. This added novelty encourages our child to drink more water and stay hydrated.

In terms of signs of dehydration, I also look for a decrease in wet diapers and dark-colored urine. Another sign could be a dry mouth or chapped lips, which can be easily solved with a sip of water.

I hope these tips help with keeping your child hydrated!

odell.leannon

Hello everyone,

I'm also a parent who has faced similar concerns about the hydration of my child. What has worked for me is to make drinking water a part of our daily routine. Whenever my child wakes up or before going to bed, I offer a glass of water. I also offer water before and after each meal and make sure to pack a water bottle while going out on errands.

Another way to ensure hydration is to track the frequency of urination. If your child is urinating regularly, it's a sign that they are well-hydrated. Similarly, try to monitor the color of your child's urine. A very dark yellow color signifies lack of hydration.

Finally, make water more appealing by adding fresh lemon slices or infusing fruits, like strawberries, into pitchers of water. It improves the taste and clean flavour of water, encouraging our child to drink more.

I hope this all helps!

hauck.troy

Hello,

I also have a toddler and live in a hot climate, so I understand your concern for your child's hydration. What has worked for us is using a hydration tracker app on my phone. These apps allow you to set reminders for when to offer your child water throughout the day, and you can track how much they've had as well.

Make sure to also offer water with every meal and snack. I find that my child is more likely to drink water if it's offered regularly during the day, rather than in large amounts all at once.

In terms of signs of dehydration, I look out for a decrease in wet diapers, dark yellow urine, and dry skin. But like the previous response, I try to prevent it from happening by offering water regularly throughout the day.

I hope this helps!

reta02

Hi!

I have a toddler around the same age as yours and I totally understand your concern. What works for me is to offer my child water every hour or so, especially on warmer days or when he's playing outside. I also make sure to bring a water bottle with us wherever we go.

Another tip is to offer foods that are high in water content, such as watermelon, cucumber, and oranges. These fruits are not only refreshing, but they also provide extra hydration.

In terms of signs of dehydration, I usually look out for a dry mouth, sunken eyes, decreased urine output, and lethargy. But I try to prevent it from happening by being proactive with water intake throughout the day.

Hope this helps!

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