3 surefire ways to tell your kid is dehydrated

 30 Jul 2015

You’ve probably heard it said – by the time you feel thirsty, it’s already too late. We’ve covered recognising dehydration signs and symptoms in yourself, but when it comes to kids (especially little ones) it’s much harder to know what’s going on.

Scott Gooding – best-selling author, clean living king, My Kitchen Rules finalist – knows all about this particular dilemma. Not only is he a qualified personal trainer but he also has a six-year-old son, Tashi. Between rehydrating himself and his clients after blood-pumping workouts, he has to make sure his little man is getting enough water. 

Unfortunately, six-year-olds aren’t typically the best communicators (unless they want a treat, right?). So eagle-eyed Scotty has a few little signs and symptoms that hint it’s time to hit the bubblers…

1. Dry, puckered mouth. Cracked, shriveled lips can be a warning that your child needs a drink or two. “My son usually has large plump, voluptuous lips. When he is dehydrated I note they are smaller and not as smooth. When he talks I can notice his mouth is a little ‘claggy’.”

2. Dull complexion. The skin contains around 65 per cent water, so when kids are dehydrated their complexion may appear less plump and glowy. Scotty says that when Tashi is dehydrated “he has stretched, dry skin, most particularly on his face.”

3. Short attention span. Dehydration can make your kid moody, absent-minded and bad tempered – we’ve all been there. “I notice that he loses his concentration and he isn’t able to focus on the task at hand.”

Want to hear more from Scotty? We’re pumped to announce that Scott Gooding is working on a special e-book project with I Quit Sugar and our partner, Zip Water! The e-book will be filled with family-friendly recipes and super fun ways to get your 8-10 glasses a day.

Be sure to like the Zip Water Facebook page for more handy hydration tips and be the first to now when the e-book is available!

How do you know when your kids need water? Any tips for keeping them hydrated? Let us know in the comments below.

Article written by Rachel O'Regan for I QUIT SUGAR.