Dehydration in Children
We've gone over dehydration in seniors, so now it's time to review the same in children, especially since the weather is really HOT this time of year. More often than not we may all be in the hot summer heat for long periods of time not paying too much attention to the children running around. Actually we are usually thrilled that they are keeping themselves busy and not bothering the adults too much so we let them carry on. However, Children playing outside in the summer heat for a lengthy period of time for a child has its disadvantages also. One being dehydration.
Children are more prone to dehydration and heat illness than adults because they have more body surface area per pound of weight.
Symptoms of dehydration in children can include:
- Dry mouth
- Feeling hot
The above may sound fairly reasonable pretty much for everyone, but if ignored in a child more serious heat illness can occur; such as, heat exhaustion or heatstroke.
Symptoms of Heat Illness With Dehydration in Kids:
- Heat cramps: Painful cramps of the abdominal muscles, arms, or legs.
- Heat syncope: Weakness, fatigue, or fainting after exercising in heat.
- Heat exhaustion: Profuse sweating, fatigue, headache, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, chills, weakness, excessive thirst, muscle aches and cramps, vision problems, flushing, agitation or irritability, and sometimes unconsciousness.
- Heatstroke: High body temperature (often it's 104 F-105 F or higher), nausea and vomiting; seizures; disorientation or delirium; hot, dry skin; unconsciousness; coma; shortness of breath; decreased urination; or blood in urine or stool.
The very best bet in NOT having your children experience even the mildest form of dehydration is to have them drink as many fluids as possible, and/or get them out of the heat to cool down bit as well. If your child is experiencing any of the above more serious symptoms then absolutely seek medical attention.
Why Is Drinking Water Important? 6 Reasons to Stay Hydrated
Do you drink enough water each day? If not, your overall health may be taking a toll. And why is drinking water important? Drinking water regularly can help you to lose weight, think better, be in a better mood, prevent disease, and more.
I follow the advice to drink enough water myself. One item I could not live without, in fact, is my water bottle. To make sure I have one with me at all times, I own several. I keep one each in my car, purse, and backpack, so pretty much everywhere I go, I have a water bottle on hand. I also keep a reusable cup with a lid and straw next to me all day long, so I can easily drink water throughout the day.
Why Our Bodies Need Water
How much of the human body is water? It might surprise you to learn that water makes up about 60 percent of our body weight.
And what does water do for the body? The benefits of drinking water are many: It’s vital for almost every function in the body. Water acts as a building block, a solvent for chemical reactions, and a transport material for nutrients and waste.
Water also helps maintain blood volume and allows proper circulation, helps regulate our body temperature, and acts as a shock absorber for our joints and our brain. There are still more health benefits of water: It helps lubricate the linings of our inner organs and maintains healthy kidney function.
Water Your Body: 6 Benefits
Drinking plenty of water can help keep your body healthy and functioning at its highest capacity. Staying hydrated will help you to:
- Improve physical performance. During physical activity, our bodies use up a lot of water. So stay hydrated before, during, and after exercise helps to protect your body from harm, and to help you to perform better. Proper hydration can reduce fatigue, improve endurance, lower your maximum heart rate, and more. Drinking water can also help you to be less sore after exercise.
- Help you to lose weight. Are you having trouble with your weight loss efforts? Increasing your water intake may help you achieve better results. Studies show that people who are on diets lose more weight when they also increase their water intake. In one study, people on weight loss diets who drank 500 ml of water before each of their three daily meals for 12 weeks lost 4.6 more pounds on average than people who did not drink the additional water.
- Boost your mood. People who drink more water also tend to have better moods. One study found that when people who regularly drank less than 1.2 liters of water per day increased their intake to 2.5 liters per day, the participants experienced significantly less confusion, bewilderment, fatigue, and sleepiness. On the other hand, for people who regularly drank two to four liters of water per day who were then restricted to one liter per day, the reduced water intake led negative effects on mood, including decreased contentedness, calmness, and positive emotions.
- Boost your brainpower. When you drink more water, you may improve your cognitive performance, too. Several studies have shown that people drinking water during cognitive tasks performed much better than those people who did not drink water during the tasks. These results have been found in both adults and children.[8-10] Studies suggest that even mild dehydration can impair cognitive function in the short-term.So next time you need to focus, take a test, or use all of your brainpower, keep a glass of water next to you and keep sipping.
- Prevent headaches. Water deprivation is a very common cause of headache. In most cases, rehydrating can provide relief from a headache. For some people, dehydration can also trigger a migraine, so be sure to keep your water intake regular if you are prone to getting migraines or headaches.
- Protect against disease. One of the most important answers to the question “Why is water important?” is its role in disease prevention. Proper hydration may be a useful tool in preventing a variety of health conditions and diseases. Staying hydrated may protect against kidney stones, constipation, asthma, urinary tract infections, coronary heart disease, and even possibly some cancers.
How Much Water Should You Drink a Day?
The amount of water you need to drink will depend on several factors, including your age, gender, activity level, and more. However, here’s a good general guideline when it comes to recommended daily water intake: Women should drink at least 2.21 liters per day and men should drink three liters per day.
Increase your daily water intake as you increase your activity level. Be sure to always drink filtered water to avoid toxins found in tap water.
As you age, you will likely feel less thirsty and thus be prone to drinking less fluid. However, hydration is as important as ever in old age, so be sure to keep water on hand and drink regularly throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
Need help drinking more water? Keep track of your water intake by measuring your progress with a cup or water bottle placed in a spot you will see it throughout the day. Set goals for yourself at time points throughout the day to make sure you are drinking enough.
Originally published in 2015, this post is regularly updated by the editors of University Health News. Source: https://bit.ly/2WPdenW By: KATHLEEN JADE, ND 2019.
Best Practices to Stay Healthy and Safe
Unfortunately the Corona virus is still amongst us, and it may very well be here for a very long time, or at least until a vaccine is approved. While we should all protect ourselves as much as humanely possible; nothing, in our opinion, will ever be the same. We all have enough stress and troubles in our own personal lives, and with this virus upon us everything is just that much harder. Thus, we all strive to protect ourselves by doing what our leaders say; which, means to wear a mask, social distance ourselves, and wash our hands to stay and keep clean. So why is drinking cleaner and safer water any different?
The answer: It’s not different.
This falls into the same category as protecting ourselves from invisible invaders like Covid-19, not to mention the enormous health benefits of drinking cleaner water can do all without these invisible invaders. Just because we cannot see what’s in our water with the human eye, does not mean that these invaders are not there. Right now we are consumed with protecting ourselves from this horrible virus, and rightfully so, but in reality we should always be in protection mode focusing on what we drink, eat, and touch all of the time. We are also focused on sanitizing whatever we could; which is something we should have been doing all along. It’s logical to want to have your homes, and workplaces clean, but wiping everything off with Clorox wipes for example, was not something most of us really thought about as a daily or bi-weekly practice. Yes, more work for us. However, having a system in place to drink clean, clear water along with using that water for making coffee, tea, to cook with, to wash with, etc., is also not something that one may consider completely necessary, but you know what? In today’s world it most certainly is!
If we can muster up all of this effort and will to protect ourselves now, then why stop at wearing protective gear and thoroughly washing our hands. Make a conscious decision to purchase a system to make your water and yourselves as healthy as possible and to keep it that way.
We don’t think that wearing masks will be a forever new normal, but there is nothing wrong with keeping yourselves in check with sanitizing practices and having clean water around at any moment’s notice.
Stay healthy and safe.
Your friends at Ronaqua,
The Best Time to Start Your Garden and One Great Tool
Guess what everyone! The very best time to start your garden is right now! And, while majority of us are still quarantined for the most part, why not “dig” a little deeper into your soon to be gardens and plant crops that will thrive and grow and also save you some cash at the same time. I mean unless you are working from home all day long, many of us have a bit of spare time to not only get some much needed air, but can also reap the benefits of producing some edible foods that you might otherwise have to purchase at the store!
Here are 16 crops that you can plant right now – Early Spring!
- Chinese cabbage
- Swiss chard
With the above being said Ronaqua has this cool tool called Aquagrow Multipure.
So what is Aquagrow Multipure?
With the new Aquagrow Garden Filter, Multipure provides the benefits of cleaner, more healthful water to your yard and garden. By connecting the remarkable Aquagrow inline filter to your existing garden hose, you can provide your lawn, your garden, and any of your outdoor plant life with beneficial dechlorinated water. The Aquagrow provides the water that your plants need to truly thrive. So, not only can you plant your crops, but you can also water your plants and lawn with dechlorinated water!
During these trying times stay productive. It’s the perfect timing that you may otherwise not normally have. Get some much needed air, Get some much needed exercise while creating a stunning garden, lawn, plants and crops! Just do it like Nike!