How to Prevent Dehydration in Kids

I'm not a doctor or medical professional. This information should not replace professional medical advice. I write this post to only bring awareness to the potential health risk of dehydration. Always speak to your doctor about dehydration and any other medical issue. 


Yesterday we had an awesome day filled with several hours of outdoor fun with some great friends. All the kids played their hearts out. The fun activities included jumping on a trampoline, swinging on a swing set, climbing, sliding, playdoh fun, riding on a scooter, playing tag, playing with toy cars and chasing fireflies! We snacked on cut veggies, spinach dip, crackers, mini sandwiches, puppy chow (peanut butter and chocolate dessert), fruit and strawberry lemonade. Ice water was available all day for everyone. We had plenty of indoor cooling down breaks. Thank you, God, for the invention of the AC! By the time we left the kids were drenched in sweat, covered in dirt and smiling ear to ear. Wish I would have taken a pic of their feet. They were filthy! It was a great day! 

First thing this morning, however, was not so fun and a little scary for this momma. 

My five year old son woke up a little earlier than normal saying he was thirsty and asked for water. I gave him a glass of water and ask him for a hug and a kiss. When I was holding him close: I felt he had woken up sweaty. I asked him if he was hot. He said no. I could tell he wasn't himself. I sat him on the couch and went for the thermometer. When I came back to him, he was lying down on the couch and had a little tremble to his body. It was most noticeable in his little hands. He also complained of a headache. I took his temp. It was 97.5. I encouraged him to drink water and munch on sliced apples. I called the doctor's office and made an appointment. I was able to get in within 30 mins. Thank God we only live 15 minutes away from the Dr's office. I took my son into his room and got him out of his pj's and into shorts and a t-shirt. I could tell he felt weak as he struggled changing his clothes, even with me helping him. He started gagging at this point. My heart melted with pain for him and I started getting really worried for my little mister. 

Once in the Dr's office, we were seen right away. The nurse checked his vitals...pulse, temp, and heart rate: then had him pee in a cup.  His vitals were all within normal range. The nurse left and we waited for the nurse practitioner. She was very good with both my kids. My daughter was with us. She checked my son over. She listened carefully as I described our morning events. She immediately asked if we had lots of fun in the sun the day before. I said, "YES! We did have lots of fun in the sun yesterday". She said he seems to be a little dehydrated, but that she wanted to check his sugar levels and swab his throat to rule out anything else. Both came back normal. Her diagnosis: Dehydration. Prescription: go home, take lots of fluids and rest. My little mister got to pick out two stickers on the way out of the Dr's office for being a trooper. 

After the Dr's office, we went straight to the store to buy lots of drinks for my little mister. 

How did this happen? 

Water was available to him all day. It seemed like I drank lots of ice water. Well, it wasn't enough. So how can we prevent this from happening again? I did some research and this is what I found on KidsHealth.org

* Kids who are outside playing, doing sports and/or getting sweaty need to take a drink of water every 20 mins. Allow them to drink as much as they want. 

* If the child is in prolonged play or sports time, sports drinks containing sugar and electrolytes are important to have on hand for them. 

* Symptoms to look out for:
     dry mouth, sunken eyes, dry cool skin, lack of urine, fatigue ......

What did I learn? 

Do not wait till my kids are thirsty to give them water. Be aware of the time. Make the kids take a drink break every 20 minutes. Sometimes water isn't enough and I need to bring sports drinks. 

My son is fine now. We have been inside today, resting and drinking lots of liquids. He shows no signs of what happened this morning. It was a scary morning, but I'm so thankful everything is ok because it could have been worse. 

Have you had a dehydration scare with your kids? Was it scary? This was scary for me! Leave your comments below.

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Blessings, 

Starla J. 


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16 comments:

  1. So glad he's OK and these are great reminders!

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  2. These are great reminders as we head into summer and lots of outdoor fun!

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  3. Very useful to know and I'm glad he's ok now.

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  4. I'm glad he's alright, and thank you for writing the reminders. My eldest got a bad case of heat exhaustion/heat stroke as a 2 year old during her first visit to a water park. She would not drink anything for me that day because she was having so much fun, and as a first time mom I didn't really think much of it. It got very scary later that night when she started having a temp of 103 and being lethargic and refusing to eat or drink. We came out of that fine, but I learned my lesson!!! Drink, drink, drink!

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  5. I'm so glad he's ok. I get dehydrated easily so thank you for the advice!

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  6. I'd love to add to this post from what happened in our family just last week if that's ok.

    My daughter was having lots of stomach aches and headaches, so many I had to go pick her up from school 3 times in one week. Turns out it was dehydration. Once I paid attention to how much she was drinking, the problems went away. We live in the Pacific Northwest where it is rarely hot, so it never really occurred to me to keep track of how much she drank. Dehydration can happen at any time, even in cooler climates. She is not really excited about drinking that much water, so we have been making our own version of Gatorade and she has felt so much better! It was scary, but glad the Dr. figured it out so easily. Wish I would have gone in earlier.

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    1. Yes, you are welcome to use it as long as you link back to my site. Thank you.

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  7. This is very important information to have. I am a preschool teacher and a grandma. I am pinning this to keep it as a reminder.
    Thanks for sharing it at our Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop this week!
    Hope you can come back again :)

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    1. It is important to pay attention to! I learned alot through this. Thank you for sharing! I appreciate your kindness.

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    2. So glad your boy is okay! Praise God!

      Thanks so much for these excellent and important tips.

      May the Lord bless the rest of your summer!

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  8. Such important information. Sorry about your trip to the doctor. So important to know. I've also read that dehydrations starts BEFORE the hot day in the sun. The lack of fluid the day before could have played a role too. So important to keep drinking water. Thanks for sharing this today.

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