Dehydration can be incredibly dangerous, especially for young children, so it’s important to know what’s true and what’s just a myth.

Young children can become dehydrated much faster than adults, and at our day care in Cortlandt Manor, we believe that every parent needs to know about dehydration. That’s why, in our child care expert’s previous blogs, we went over the signs of dehydration and how to prevent it. Today, we will be setting the record straight about many common myths about dehydration:

Myth #1. We all need to drink eight glasses of water every day.

We’ve all heard this piece of advice time and time again, but actually, the number is completely arbitrary. The truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all recommendation. The amount of water you need depends on many factors, including your size and activity level.

Myth #2. Sports drinks are superior to water.

Many sports drinks are designed to help your body restore the minerals that were lost when sweating, and while these drinks may be a good option after an intense workout, they shouldn’t be your go-to beverage because they are chock full of sugar. For mild to moderate levels of sweating, water will do.

Myth #3. Dehydration isn’t dangerous.

While mild dehydration may just leave you with a headache and a sluggish feeling, severe dehydration is much more concerning. Complications of severe dehydration can include kidney failure, brain swelling, seizures and, in some cases, death. It’s important to take dehydration seriously.

Learn the truth about more common dehydration myths when you stay tuned for our next blog.