Spring has sprung, and with it comes spring sports. With your kids out on the baseball or softball diamond, it’s important to help make sure they stay hydrated. But hydration isn’t only about water.
And that’s a good thing. Some kids simply don’t enjoy drinking water. (Some adults do, too, for that matter!)
Ideally, everyone should drink water or other non-caffeinated beverages throughout the day. But if that’s not the reality in your home, there are ways to make sure your child is getting plenty of fluids. Check out these three tips:
Give an ice pop a try.
If getting your child to drink liquids is a never-ending struggle, sneak in those liquids with an ice pop! With so many varieties, you’re sure to find one that strikes your child’s fancy.
Whether you choose a regular flavored ice pop, one made with juice, or create your own at home with a popsicle mold, these treats provide a more fun option for replenishing fluids lost during games and practice. And on top of the good flavor, they’ll also help cool your little athlete down.
Let them eat their liquids.
Yes, you read that right—eat their liquids. You actually don’t have to drink as much each day as you’d think, because 20 percent of the water we get each day comes from the foods we eat.
Certain fruits and vegetables are made up of more than 90 percent water. So, eating those fruits and veggies helps replenish the body’s water. You can add these foods into your family’s meals or take them to the ballfield for an after-activity snack.
Cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, strawberries, and grapefruit are all packed with H20.
Think outside the (water) box.
If your child doesn’t like drinking plain water, there are plenty of alternatives. Did you know that chocolate milk is actually a very effective tool for rehydrating after physical activity?
Low-calorie sports drinks, coconut water, or juice are also good options. Even a smoothie can be used to replace the body’s water after a good sweat session. You can also amp up the flavor of water by infusing fruits or other flavors into it.
So, if you have a little one who simply doesn’t like water, there are options galore for making sure he or she stays hydrated and at the top of his or her game on the field!