Summer hydration tips

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

It's always important to keep active kids hydrated, but it's even more critical during hot weather.

Some drinks are better than others for kids, according to pediatricians.

Water is generally the best choice for hydrating the body before, during and after activity, according to recommendations by Nationwide Children's Hospital. It calls water "an essential" part of a child or adolescent's daily diet.

The hospital cautions parents about sports drinks as they contain sugar. The hospital suggests saving those drinks for exercise that lasts more than an hour or takes place in very hot or humid conditions.

Parents also need to understand the difference between sports drinks, which are acceptable in some circumstances, and energy drinks, which have "no useful role" in a kid's diet, according to the hospital.

To read the hospital's full recommendation about what drinks are best for kids, visit