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What is the best way for children to hydrate before and after participating in sports?

Dr. Ruff discusses the best way for children to hydrate before and after sports activities. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


To keep kids hydrated, water is usually the best option, according to Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).

Sports drinks contain carbohydrates and electrolytes that are supposed to replace these elements when they are lost through sweating during long stretches of physical activity, according the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Sports drinks are usually only helpful for highly intense activity that last longer than an hour. With normal play, having a healthy snack and a drink of cold water during a break is a much better option, according to the HSPH.

It is also good to avoid soda and juices because they are high in sugar, which shows down how the body absorbs sugar, according to the HSPH.

By sticking with water before and after sports, parents can help keep their kids hydrated and refreshed, according to the AAP.

Talk to your doctor for more information about the best way to keep children hydrated before and after sports.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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