As more parents adapt to remote schooling in post-COVID, helping your child achieve best results while learning from home has become top of mind for many parents. A number of studies have shown that proper hydration can enhance your child’s cognitive performance.
A recent study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that hydration (water intake) can have a significant impact on the cognitive performance of preadolescent children.
The study led by a team of researchers at the University of Illinois investigated the relationship between hydration and cognitive control of children who were between nine to 11 years old. Researchers found that children with higher baseline hydration levels performed better on task-switching activities that measured cognitive flexibility.
Due to a less structured learning environment, children who are learning remotely may find it difficult to shift focus from one task or subject to another.
Even “mild dehydration” or a water loss of 1% to 2% of your child’s body weight can significantly impair cognitive function. And it’s not just young adults, studies have found that dehydration also causes infants and toddlers to become more irritable and confused, according to experts.
Results of the 2015 study by researchers at Harvard University found that more than half of the nation’s children and teens are dehydrated. And, shockingly, about 25 percent of kids don’t drink water daily.
So whether you’ve got teenagers or toddlers, the bottom line is that proper hydration is often overlooked, but it’s critical to your child’s mental and physical well being.
Children Are More Susceptible to Dehydration, Here’s Why.
You might be surprised to learn that children are much more susceptible to dehydration compared to adults. Children and adolescents have higher metabolic rates and water level content. These factors cause their bodies to lose water faster, making it even more critical to replenish water and electrolytes lost through sweat, breathing and urination throughout the day.
It’s Critical to Adopt A Daily Hydration Routine
We all know that everyday routines become good habits over time. Establishing a daily routine is even more essential in post-COVID 19 because children who are learning remotely lack the structured environment and discipline offered in a classroom.
Making daily hydration a part of your child’s remote-school routine can help prevent dry eyes, redness and irritation caused by increased screen time and boost your child’s cognitive abilities.
While dehydration in children is relatively common, drinking water isn’t the first thing on your child’s mind. Most children don’t realize how thirsty they are until they are nearly dehydrated. And the chances are that if there’s nothing to drink in front of them, they aren’t going to ask for it.
Keep water handy and single-serving packets of Hydrus around when you’re with your child and offer it periodically throughout the day- especially during the hot summer months. You can set alarms throughout the day for “hydration breaks’ and offer your children Hydrus instead of sugary drinks and snacks. Hydrus is a great tasting daily hydration drink that helps increase absorption of water and electrolytes in the body.
Make Time For Daily Hydration
Hydrus’ exclusive Nanosome™ encapsulation technology or small lipid-like molecules similar to the cells in our body deliver more water and electrolyte absorption to the body than traditional sports drinks. Unlike conventional hydration and sports drinks, Hydrus contains no sugar, no calories, and no carbohydrates. Hydrus is also gluten, dairy and soy-free.
Hydrus’ single-serve liquid concentrate pouches are an excellent way to control your child’s sugar intake while providing a healthy sugar-free beverage. Just mix 16.9 ounces of water with a Hydrus single-serving pouch, and you’ve got a great tasting drink your kids will love.
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