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Is your child dehydrated?

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It’s summertime! That magical time of the year when school is out, and kids can be more active. Summer also brings sweltering temperatures, which leads to sweaty, thirsty children that can become dehydrated. Dehydration also causes nausea, dizziness, headache or even heat stroke.

So, how can you tell if your child is staying hydrated? Ask them what color their pee is!

Urine color has been found to be a good indicator of hydration. Keep reading to find out if your child is staying adequately hydrated. (This, of course, also applies to adults.)

What color is your pee chart


Some things to keep in mind

  • When hydrating, water is best, but other fluids count if they don’t include caffeine.
  • The amount of fluid that should be consumed differs from person-to-person depending on weight. Ask your child’s pediatrician for help determining your child’s fluid needs.
  • Urine that has no color/transparent means overhydration. Cut back on water intake. Too much water can cause water intoxication.
  • Some vitamin supplements (like those containing B vitamins) can turn urine bright yellow.

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