Summer is the season of vacation; kids are free from school and homework and spend a full day playing and enjoying summer activities, like swimming and camping. When kids are out in the playground and busy in games they usually forget to drink water, which results in dehydration.The World Health Organization defines dehydration as a condition that results from excessive loss of body water. The common causes of dehydration in kids are vomiting, diarrhoea, excessive sweating and not drinking enough fluids. Infants and small children are much more prone to dehydration than older kids as they lose relatively more fluid quickly and are not able to tell about their thirst. If your child has fever, diarrhea or vomiting or he/she sweating a lot watch for the signs of dehydration.
SIGNS OF DEHYDRATION IN KIDS
- Fewer tears when cry
- Dry mouth and tongue
- Cracked lips
- Less or no urination for certain hours
- Sunken eyes
- Low energy level
- Extreme fussiness
- Doesn’t feel like playing
Staying hydrated is the most important factor to keep your kids healthy in summer days. Apart from giving them plenty of water to drink, you can also give them lots of other cool summer drinks that are tasty as well as nutritious. It is worth less to fill them with easily available artificially flavored sugar and carbonated drinks which have zero health benefits.
COOL SUMMER DRINKS FOR KIDS
Coconut water: Unsweetened coconut water is always the best choice for children. It is a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, potassium and natural and enzymes that makes it a super healthy summer drink for kids. It has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, which prevent skin infection and help with clear and healthy skin. Coconut water contains a high amount of fiber which promotes proper digestion. Coconut water is rich in nutrients and electrolytes, which makes it an excellent choice for helping children rehydrate after physical activities or sickness. (How does coconut help with cough?)
Buttermilk: Buttermilk is another beverage that you can give to your child during those summer days to prevent them from heat strokes and dehydration, as over 90% of buttermilk is water. It balances the levels of electrolytes and fluids in the body with its combination of curd, salt and water. Buttermilk is rich in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, protein, carbohydrates and low in fat. It has great probiotics properties that help to increase the production of good bacteria in the digestive tract, which improves kids gut health, boosts immunity and prevents acidity. All these nutritive benefits of buttermilk make it one of the super summer drinks for kids. (How to make whey protein at home?)
Sugar cane juice: It is the best choice to beat the summertime heat. Natural sucrose in sugarcane juice can help rebuild the depleting energy levels in the body. It is rich in antioxidants, acts as a diuretic and helps keep your kids liver strong. Sugarcane is rich in many nutrients like potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, riboflavin and several amino acids. It has a good amount of iron which enhances the haemoglobin levels in the body and prevents anemia. It also helps in preventing urinary tract infections. Some other benefits are, it can strengthen the bones, boost the immune system and also enhances digestion. These qualities make it come in the top cool summer drinks list. (What are some most essential fruits for teenagers and kids?)
Aam Panna/ Savoury Mango drink: Aam panna is ideal to quench your kids thirst on a hot day and keep them hydrated by managing their fluid balance. It is prepared with raw mangoes which are considered as a great remedy for heat strokes, as it helps to lower body temperature. They are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K and also a vital source of magnesium, calcium, iron and dietary fibers that detoxify the liver. Raw mangoes are also packed with powerful antioxidants, which boost up immunity level. Vitamin A in it contributes to eye health. Unripe mango is rich in pectin which regulates the digestive process and fights against diarrhea, gastroenteritis and constipation. Wash and boil raw mangoes and keep them to cool down. Separate the pulp and seed. Add this pulp to a jug of chilled water now add black salt, cumin powder, black pepper, stir well and pour in glass and serve this cool summer drink chilled. (Recipe of Mango ice cream bar with soy milk and sugar)
Mint lemonade: This yummy and healthy cool summer drink is perfect to refresh your child after a busy day in school and keep them hydrated. Lemons are high in vitamin C and fiber which aids in a healthy digestive system and weight control and also provide your kid’s body natural electrolytes. Mint has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which helps to soothe upset stomach or indigestion. In a glass of chilled water squeeze half a lemon add some crushed mint leaves, honey and salt to taste. This is considered as one of the favourite cool summer drinks for kids and adults as well. (How to fix stomach ache in kids?)
Sattu (Protein rich powder) Drink: Sattu is roasted gram flour which is high in nutrition quotient. Sattu is a great coolant which helps your child to remain cool in those hot summer days by keeping them hydrated. Sattu is high in protein, fiber, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium which helps in healthy digestion, weight loss, prevents heat strokes and increases energy . This is not only one of the best summer drinks for kids, but also the best high energy drink to offer your kids after physical activity. Add one to two tablespoon of sattu to a glass of chilled water, add black salt, a few drops of lemon, a few mint leaves and some cumin powder. Serve it cool. (Some easy protein foods to eat everyday)
Jau (Barley) water: Ayurveda defines barley as cooling in nature which makes it the best summer drink for kids. Barley is a grain that is low in calories and high in fiber, Vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium and iron. Barley water also helps in cleaning toxins from the stomach and keep the skin clear and the digestive system healthy. Wash barley grain properly and soak overnight, in the morning drain water completely and pour some fresh water, pressure cook for at least seven to eight whistles on medium flame. Once barley turns soft, strain the barley water, cool it completely and add some lemon, black salt and relish. (Recipe of mixed grain and millet pizza)
Watermelon juice: It is one of the best summer drinks for kids as watermelon is 92% water which makes it super hydrating and helps maintain fluid level of your kid’s body. Low in calories, Watermelon is high in vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, fiber, and magnesium. It is also rich in antioxidant lycopene which prevents oxidative damage and benefits brain and eye health. In a blender take some chopped watermelon (remove seeds) add some mint leaves, lemon juice, and black salt, blend it properly, pour it in the glass and enjoy the summer with its super cooling effects. (Home-remedies for heat rashes in kids)
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