How to Keep Kids Hydrated

Updated on September 29, 2018
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Water, Water, Everywhere

Having access to drinking water will make it that much easier for your kiddo to stay hydrated. I like to keep a cup of water on the kitchen table for easy access for both of my kids during the day. They can drink this anytime throughout the day and if they haven’t, then they will have it for whatever meal is next.

By keeping water by their bedside, kids are able to have small sips at bedtime or if they wake up in the middle of the night. This may seem counterintuitive if you are trying to potty train small children, but I’d almost prefer a few more accidents than a dehydrated kiddo. Plus, I find having them go to the bathroom right before bed is usually enough to keep accidents at bay.

Because we live in Las Vegas and it is hot during a large portion of the year, I also like to always have water with us whenever we leave the house. This means each child has their own insulated water bottle for the car as well as a backup water bottle to refill theirs if need be.

Water bottles in their backpack at school also ensures that they stay hydrated during the school day. Most of the time, their teachers will encourage kids to bring their water bottle to PE if they brought one to school. This is especially vital when our temperatures are over 90 and the kids are doing PE for an hour outside.

Insulated Water Bottle

Thermos Funtainer 16 Ounce Bottle, Purple
Thermos Funtainer 16 Ounce Bottle, Purple

I really like this insulated water bottle. I have the purple for my daughter and a green one for my son. I like that the water bottle stays cold for a long time if you include ice in it. I also like that it does not have a lot of plastic pieces to clean. The top is easy for small hands to open and both my 5 year old and my 8 year old are able to open/close them without issue. We have had these water bottles for about 2 years and although they do have a few scratches on them from being dropped, overall they still work well and have held up to daily use.


Eat Your Water

Another alternative to drinking a lot of water throughout the day is to consume fruit and veggies that have a high water content. This is a simple way you can give your body more water without even really noticing. It would be ideal to drink water throughout the day and eat a handful of veggies and fruit that have a lot of water in them! Your body will thank you at the end of the day!

Vegetables With High Water Content

There are of course others, but here are a few vegetables with high water content.

  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Bok-choy
  • Radishes
  • Bell peppers
  • Cabbage
  • Asparagus

Fruit With High Water Content

  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew melon
  • Lemons
  • Nectarines
  • Pineapples


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Get Kids to Drink Water When They Don’t Like Water

While I understand that not all kids love drinking water, it's still super important so we have to get creative at times. Some children may not be willing to drink plain water, but by adding fruit to the water and putting it in a fancy cup, that may make it more appealing.

You can also make homemade smoothies or homemade frozen ice pops with mostly water, a few fresh fruits, and a splash of juice. I bought these silicone ice pop molds, and they worked pretty well. I liked that they held a lot, and it was easy for my kids to cool down pretty quickly after playing outside.

A Few More Water Drinking Tips:

  • Don’t wait until your child says they are thirsty; offer water often throughout the day.
  • Take water breaks during strenuous activities such as sports or when in the sun for prolonged periods of time.
  • When packing a cooler, freeze a few water bottles so you can keep other drinks cold and then have cool water available when you need it.
  • Sports drinks are good, especially after strenuous exercise as they replace electrolytes lost from the body through sweating.
  • Avoid drinks that have caffeine, like tea or sodas as they will contribute to dehydration instead of preventing it.


Having Hydrated Kids Can Be Easy

Keep kids hydrated can seem like a daunting task but by offering water often, eating fruit and veggies with a high water content, and keeping water handy during the day, your kids will be able to enjoy summer activities despite the heat!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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