The diet of children during the summer should be healthy and balanced, with plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
Summer is the hottest season of the year, and it is expected by many, after all, at this time many people, including children, go on vacation, and then several trips can be made and the long-awaited vacation trip.
Whatever the trip, or even at home, it is very important for parents to worry about feeding their children, because in the summer there is a warming of the environment and, accordingly, a rise in body temperature.
When the body temperature increases, sweating also increases, which aims to cool the body and keep it at the right temperature for its functioning. The problem is that when we sweat, sweating loses water and mineral salts, which can lead to dehydration.
Dehydration occurs when the body has less water than it needs and is usually accompanied by symptoms such as dry mouth, sunken eyes, weakness, dizziness, headache, and scant dark urine. Dehydration can cause many complications, especially for children, so it is very important that during the hottest season of the year we pay some attention to our children’s diet, in order to prevent dehydration.
Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy diet without jeopardizing your days off.
Always offer your child fluids, water, coconut water, and natural juices that replace the vitamins and minerals lost in sweat;
avoid your child drinking soda and other carbonated drinks, as they favor dehydration and the elimination of mineral salts in the urine;
Prefer home-made food, but if you decide to eat out during the tour, avoid fried foods and very fatty foods;
avoid processed, canned, frozen, and seasoned foods;
Pay special attention to food prepared in beach stalls or mobile cafeterias, where food can be exposed to sunlight and spoil faster;
Avoid foods with a lot of salt, as salt retains fluid;
Offer your child a full breakfast;
At lunch and dinner, prefer a lighter menu, with vegetables, and roasted or grilled and fried vegetables that ensure easier digestion and more elimination of food, while not forgetting the foods that give us energy (pasta, rice, beans, potatoes, etc.);
Water-rich fruits, such as watermelon, watermelon, tangerine, orange and pineapple, are very useful in hydrating and replenishing vitamins and minerals, whether they are natural or in the form of juices.
Offer your child snacks every two hours;
Snacks, sweets, ice cream, chocolate, and other sweets should be eaten without exaggeration because their excessive consumption causes children to gain a lot of weight during the vacation period;
Avoid foods that contain mayonnaise.
Eat vegetables, fruits, and vegetables freely because they are easy to digest, and raw salads are excellent options for getting energy in a light and healthy way, in addition to containing vitamins and minerals important for exercise.
After all the care with the little one’s food, the holidays will definitely be full of energy and you will miss a lot.
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