Disclosure: This post is sponsored by SheSpeaks and DripDrop. All opinions are my own.
Spring has sprung! Here in New England that means when the temp climbs anywhere close to 40 it somehow feels like a 70 degree day. We loose some of our layers and, are pretty likely to catch a cold if we aren’t careful. In fact, three out of the eight humans in my house have been coughing up a storm these last few days. Whenever cold and flu season comes around I like to have some basic supplies on hand – you know, tissues, tissues, tissues, more tissues and of course something to keep us all hydrated. (Scroll down for more info on children and dehydration!)
Introducing DripDrop. I wanted to grab a few photos of my kids drinking this stuff but my daughter has fallen in love with the nice DripDrop water bottle I had and took it with her to her Dad’s house for the weekend. She also likes the taste of the lemon flavored DripDrop I had to hide the packets because she was drinking the stuff like it was going out of style! Take a look at some of the photos on DripDrop’s Instagram page for inspiration and tips here. You can also find DripDrop on Facebook and Twitter.
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DripDrop provides a simple, cost-effective solution that empowers everyone to treat mild to moderate dehydration with a safe, medical-grade solution. Their hydration powder packets fit easily in the medicine cabinet, travel kit, purse and gym bag, so it’s there when you need it. Simply mix with water and consume.
Developed by a Mayo Clinic-trained family physician, DripDrop contains a proven ratio of ingredients – including sodium, sugars and potassium –which absorb quickly and help you recover faster than any other hydration product on the market. In fact, DripDrop has been shown to hydrate 34% faster than water alone, and 20% faster than pediatric solutions and sports drinks.
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Kids and Dehydration
Every year more than 200,000 children in the United States are admitted to a hospital for dehydration, and often they are treated with a painful IV. Why? Children’s hydration needs are much different than those of adults. Children lose water much more quickly, and they require a greater volume of fluids to stay properly hydrated.
Dehydration is caused when the body loses fluids and electrolytes faster than they can be replaced. Several common conditions speed up this loss of fluids and electrolytes:
- Diarrhea and Vomiting: During an episode of diarrhea or vomiting, the body loses water and electrolytes very quickly. That’s why diarrhea is the most common cause of dehydration in children. Illnesses like stomach flu and food poisoning commonly cause these symptoms.
- Intense Physical Activity: Sports and other physical activities increase the risk of exercise-induced dehydration, especially in hot and humid climates.
- Fever: A general rule: Higher fevers lead to a greater loss of fluids, and thus, it’s important to rehydrate often when your child has a fever.
One of the most reliable indicators of dehydration is urine color. Light yellow or clear urine indicates proper hydration, while dark yellow urine likely means your child is dehydrated.
Other symptoms of dehydration include:
- Dry mouth, dry skin and dry eyes (no tears)
- Tiredness, sluggishness
- Fewer wet diapers; decreased urine output
- Lightheadedness, headache
*Information provided by DripDrop.