Health Insert (Island Health Authority)

posted May 13, 2015, 11:24 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated May 13, 2015, 11:34 AM ]

Active children often need to be encouraged to drink to prevent dehydration (not enough water 
in the body).  Water is the best choice to keep children hydrated.  Other good choices are milk 
and fortified soy, almond or rice beverages.

Sports drinks are over-used and are high in sugar and calories.  Sports drinks are intended for 
rehydration for non-stop physical activity lasting longer than one hour.  Energy drinks are not 
recommended for children.

Keep active children hydrated:

-Offer water often, especially during activity.

-Provide water or milk and watery snacks like watermelon, cucumber or smoothies after 

-Avoid or limit juice to 1/2 cup a day.

Is your child’s water bottle safe?

Disposable plastic bottles that are filled with water, pop, sports drinks, etc., should not be 
reused.  Use stainless steel bottles or bisphenol A-free (BPA-Free) plastic bottles that are 
Reusable water bottles:
Wash water bottles well by hand each day.  Dishwasher water does not reach all parts of the 
inside of the bottle and may not be the best way to clean bottles.  Recycle any bottles that show 
signs of wear such as scratches, dents, or a cloudy, cracked appearance.

For more information:

-Call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 and ask to speak to a Registered Dietitian or visit
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