Drinking fluids and staying hydrated are essential parts of maintaining good overall health, as water brings essential nutrients to vital organs and removes potentially harmful toxins. Many individuals assume that they do not need to worry about dehydration if they are not sweating or if the temperature is warm; however, it is just as important to stay hydrated during the winter months as it is during the summer. Continue reading to learn why and how you should keep your children healthy and hydrated all season.
Protecting Overall Health
Dehydration can occur regardless of temperature. For example, while the summer months are warmer and therefore cause perspiration, winter months still cause people to suffer water loss when breathing and urinating. Additionally, individuals tend to wear extra layers of clothing and sit in heated rooms during the colder winter months, ultimately increasing body temperature throughout the day. This means that you should encourage your child to drink about five to eight glasses of water per day to maintain optimal water content and electrolyte balance. Don’t rely on waiting for your child to let you know when he or she is thirsty; a feeling of thirst indicates mild dehydration. If your child complains of a headache or tiredness, he or she may need water.
Staying hydrated in winter will not only prevent dehydration, but also reduce the risks of muscle cramping, fatigue, exhaustion, overheating, and loss of coordination.
Fighting Off Dry Skin
The cold temperatures and winds that the winter months bring can cause your child’s skin to become dry, itchy, and scaly; small cracks, cuts, or lacerations may even develop. In addition to applying heavy moisturizer to your child’s skin after bathing or before bed, proper hydration can make the skin smoother and free from red patches or irritation.
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