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As most of you know, my family and I live in Florida. That means that we have hot and humid weather about nine months out of the year. Because of our weather, we have to be really careful with the kids to make sure they don’t get overheated and stay hydrated when playing outside. Having a dehydrated child can be terrifying, but there are great ways that you can help ensure your child stays hydrated, even on the hottest days.
*This post does not constitute as medical advice. Always contact your pediatrician in the event of a medical issue*
Keeping A Child Well Hydrated
As a mom of two, and former childhood athlete, I know the importance of staying hydrated. Dehydration can be frightening, especially in children. Living in Florida, it is super easy to become overheated, but thankfully there are simple ways to help keep a child hydrated as well as a few simple things that you can do at home to help if you believe your child may be overheating.
As I mentioned, we live in Florida and it is hot most of the year. Even though our temperatures are sweltering even in October, my kids love to play outside. Since they spend so much time outside, I have to be vigilant and make sure they are getting enough fluids and watch for any signs of overheating which can lead to dehydration.
Getting them to stop playing, especially my daughter, can be a chore, but thankfully she has really been loving the Enfamil® Enfalyte® Mixed Fruit flavor (it also comes in a Cherry Splash flavor). It is from the maker of Enfamil, the #1 brand of infant formula recommended by pediatricians. I love that it is a clear formula with no added colors or sweeteners, and she loves the taste. It keeps her hydrated by replacing the electrolytes that are lost due to being out running around in the heat.
While I do my best to make sure the kids stop playing and remember to get their fluids, it is still important to know how to help your child at the first signs of overheating to guard against dehydration.
Get Them Inside
Something I do at the first sign of overheating is to get the kids to come inside. Typically my daughter has been playing and running and just needs a break to cool down. Sitting inside in the air conditioner to get some rest is always a good idea. I know my daughter would go go go until she fell out. She doesn’t like to rest, but it is important to insist that the kids take a break once in a while.
Take Off Their Clothes
If I notice my daughter getting too hot, I will not only pull her inside but I will take off her clothes as well. Get her down to her panties to help cool her off and use a cool wash cloth to wipe her down. This will help cool her down more rapidly while allowing her to rest as well. Plus, no one wants to be in hot sticky clothes when they are trying to cool down.
Get Those Fluids
As I mentioned earlier, fluids are key. Little people tend to overheat and get dehydrated much quicker than adults. Because of this, it is so important to replace any lost fluids. Enfalyte has been great, and my kids love the taste. Making sure they stay hydrated is the best way to guard against having a dehydrated child. Giving them fluids is also one of the best ways to help prevent overheating and promote hydration.
If you are worried about dehydration, always consult your pediatrician though because it can become very serious. Which is why it is important to monitor the kids and ensure they get enough fluids in them. If you are interested in learning more about Enfalyte you can get more information here (or check them out here for Spanish).
This is sponsored by Enfamil® Enfalyte® Oral Electrolyte Solution.