We’ve reached the dog days of summer here in Dallas, and staying hydrated can be difficult. It can be even more challenging for children.
A few weeks back we talked about heat exhaustion and hydration’s role in keeping your body cool. Today we want to take a more in-depth look at how much water your children really need.
So How Much Water Does My Child Need?
Weight is the best way to determine the volume of fluids your child needs to consume each day to maintain hydration. Remember that time in the heat or excessive activity will require your child to consume more fluids to stay hydrated.
Your child’s weight is the easiest way to determine the amount of fluids they need each day to remain hydrated during regular activity.
For Children Under 22 Pounds
Multiply their weight by 1.52 to determine the number of ounces of fluids needed per day.
For example, a 10-pound baby would require 15.2 ounces of fluids a day.
For Children Between 23-44 Pounds
Subtract 22 from your child’s weight. Multiply the result by 0.76.
Now add 34 to get the minimum ounces of fluids they need daily.
For example, a 35-pound child needs at least 43.88 ounces of fluids per day.
For Children Over 44 Pounds
Subtract 44 from your child’s weight.
Multiply the result by 0.3. Now add 51 to get the minimum ounces of fluids they need daily.
For example, a 55-pound child needs at least 54.3 ounces of fluids per day.
Dehydration Symptoms in Children
In your child’s little body there are very few fluids in reserve making it easy for them to become dehydrated. The Mayo Clinic suggests noting the following symptoms to determine if your child is dehydrated:
- Decreased urination
- Decrease or absence of tears
- Eyes appear sunken
- Dry mouth
Most mild to moderate dehydration can be treated at home by increasing fluids and providing an oral rehydration solution such Pedialyte or a sports drink.
By being proactive and encouraging regular fluid intake you can help prevent dehydration in your children during our long, hot Dallas summers.