A toddler in a pink hat drinking bottled water.

Staying Hydrated

Keeping your kids hydrated can help keep them healthy, happy and active. In fact, water makes up more than half of your child’s body weight and plays an important role in keeping their body functioning properly.

The Power of Water

  • Transports nutrients to cells
  • Lubricates joints and muscles
  • Supports proper digestion
  • Helps ensure proper blood circulation
  • Keeps body temperature regulated

But kids don’t care about how healthy it is to drink water. They want to drink a fun beverage, something that tastes good. Here are some simple tips to keep your kids hydrated and asking for more:

Give Kids a Special Cup
Let your child have a special water cup. They may be more likely to drink water if it’s out of a special princess cup or cartoon-character themed water bottle.

Add Fun Flavor
If your child doesn’t like the taste of water, add chopped fruit for a fun, tasty twist. Try strawberries, raspberries, lemons or limes for a fruity flavor.

Hydrate with Food[1]
Many fruits and vegetables have high water content and are a good source of hydration. Watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, cucumber, celery and tomatoes are some foods with the highest water content.


1. http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/food/water.html. Accessed March 24, 2014.

Information provided is for general background purposes and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment by a trained professional. You should always consult your physician about any healthcare questions you may have, especially before trying a new medication, diet, fitness program, or approach to healthcare issues.
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