Sometimes, late afternoon on a long day, I start to feel a little sick. I’ll notice that my heart’s beating kind of hard, and I feel a little dizzy. Maybe my hands are shaking just a little, or maybe my head hurts. Confused, I’ll struggle to identify the unpleasant but familiar sensation, and then I’ll realize–I haven’t had anything to drink all day except the milk in my morning cereal. I have a masters degree, and I sometimes forget to drink. Does your ten-year-old know the symptoms of dehydration? Whenever a child complains to me about anxiety symptoms, the first thing I do is talk them through their relaxation and coping steps, and the second thing I do is make them sllloooowwwwwlllly drink a big glass of water.
Dehydration is a serious health risk. On hot summer days or dry winter days, it’s important to encourage children to drink more than usual. Teachers should never prevent thirsty children from getting a drink of water.
The Mayo Clinic has more information about the signs and risks of dehydration.