Drink Plenty of Water!
As a kid, it is your job to play outside and have adventures. However, you will most certainly run out of gas if you do not stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. A very common problem kids and grownups face in the summer and during times of hot temperatures is not drinking enough water or "dehydration."
In order to work properly, our bodies need plenty of water. Here are a few warning signs of dehydration.
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded.
- Feeling like your heart is beating really fast.
- Feeling like you are going to faint.
- Feeling like your lips and mouth are all dried out.
If you start feeling any of these ways, go inside where it's cooler and tell a grownup. You should also sit down and start drinking some water. In order to not get dehydrated, it is important to drink water or other fluids before, during, and after playing outside. It is also important to wear cool clothes, try and play in the shade of trees or buildings, and to take frequent breaks.
Following this advice should help keep you hydrated when you are outside playing. However, if you have problems with your hear or you have been getting sick a lot (vomiting and diarrhea), you may need to go to the hospital to get re-hydrated. At the hospital, you can receive an intravenous (IV) line to quickly pump large amounts of fluids into your system.
You do not need to drink extreme amounts of water everyday to stay hydrated. It is important to drink plenty of water, milk, and juice throughout the day though, especially if you are going to be exercising. Try not to drink coffee drinks or sodas because they can actually make you dehydrated!
By following these rules your body will be healthier and your play time will be more enjoyable.