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Spot the signs of dehydration in children
Children become dehydrated by not drinking enough fluid or by losing fluids and not replacing them. If it isn't treated it can get worse and become a serious problem.
Adults need to be a good role model by following this advice.
Good hydration can assist in preventing or treating:
A child may be at high risk of dehydration if they:
Young children are reliant on care givers.
Signs of dehydration are visible in a child's urine. Dark and strong smelling urine is a clear sign that your child needs to drink more fluids.
Use the above urine colour chart to check for signs of dehydration. Healthy pee is 1-3, 4-8 must hydrate.
Other symptoms of dehydration include –
Aim for six to eight cups or mugs per day. The amount per cup depends on the age of the child:
Fluids could include milk, water and sugar free diluting juice. Water can also be flavoured with mint leaves, ginger, or frozen fruit, however plain water is best.
In addition, some foods are a good source of fluids, such as:
The key is to offer drinks regularly throughout the day.
You can help prevent a child from becoming dehydrated by: