As we enter into the height of summer, and the hottest temperatures of the year, keep your kiddos safe and healthy by making sure they’re getting enough water.

According to a study published last year, approximately half of all children are actually dehydrated. However, boys are 76% more likely to be dehydrated than girls.

As adults, we understand getting enough water is important to our health. Without enough water, people can experience headaches, irritability, poor physical coordination, and even difficulty concentrating. The effects can be even more significant for children and their growing bodies.

While adults typically understand they should drink about 8 glasses of water every day for appropriate hydration, that amount is higher for children, especially children living in hotter climates such as Texas. Children should be drinking closer to 10-14 glasses of water each day.

The good news is, it doesn’t always have to be in the form of plain water. Anything that contains mostly water can count, but you’ll want to avoid the sugary drinks like sodas and shaved ice.

Here’s a quick way to make your water more appealing to the tiny ones without spending a fortune on sugar-laden sports drinks and juices. Simply place pieces of fruit or herbs or a combination of fruits and herbs in a pitcher of water and place it in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the flavors to infuse. To get the greatest flavor, try steeping it overnight.

For berries, be sure to crush the fruit first. Melons and larger fruits should be cubed and citrus fruits can be squeezed. Herbs you might try can include mint, basil, rosemary, lavender, ginger root, or even a touch of cayenne.

Some interesting combinations can include strawberry and basil, lemon with a pinch of cayenne, blackberry and ginger, cucumber and rosemary, or watermelon and mint. You can even make it a fun project by having your little one help pick out the next combination and create the new concoction. Happy experimenting!

Everything grows better with water
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