On hot summer days, it’s easy for active little ones to forget they need water. But there’s good reason for parents and caregivers to help them remember: Children’s bodies do not yet cool down efficiently, which means their risk for dehydration gets worse in the summer heat.
Help kids avoid dehydration by boosting their water intake with these strategies:
Use fun cups and straws. A cup shaped like their favorite cartoon character or a crazy straw can make an otherwise boring drink that much more interesting.
Take water breaks. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests children should drink one half to one cup of water every 15 to 20 minutes when they are active. Always have fluids on hand and make quick water breaks mandatory during summer fun.
Eat fruit. The water kids need doesn’t always have to come from the tap! Snacking on fruits and veggies such as berries or cucumber will help out thanks to their high water content.
Add ice. If your child won’t touch plain water, add plenty of ice to other beverages. It’s cold, refreshing, and it will sneak in the extra H20 they need.
Make popsicles. Whether it’s plain fruit juice or a healthy yogurt treat, put it into your kids’ favorite popsicle molds and freeze for a cool, hydrating summer treat.
Fidelis Care wishes you a safe, happy rest of the summer full of all the hydration your child needs!
Let’s Get Every Child Covered
We’ve come a long way in getting kids covered and giving them a healthy start in life - with regular checkups, dental and eye care, immunizations, and a doctor who knows their name.
Fidelis Care is working to help every child get the coverage they need. Our representatives are attending hundreds of events throughout the summer to answer questions, share information, and make it as easy as possible for parents to learn about quality health insurance for their children.
For a complete listing of Every Child Covered events, visit fideliscare.org/everychildcovered, or call 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) to learn about the New York State-sponsored Child Health Plus program.