Summer is the ideal play-outside season for preschoolers and other children. The weather is typically good, they don’t need to bundle up in snowsuits and boots, and there isn’t homework to worry about. Kids can play hard all day, take a cool bath and then tumble into bed for a good night’s sleep.
A word of caution: Because a child’s body surface area is much greater than an adult’s in proportion to his or her overall weight, dehydration is a great risk. What are risk factors for dehydration? “Prolonged exposure to high temperatures, direct sun and high humidity, without sufficient rest and fluids,” according to WebMD.
And, although we can’t control the temperature or humidity, there are plenty of fun ways to keep your young child hydrated. Here are just a few ideas.