Nearly half of parents are on hydration high alert for kids during summer

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Nearly half of parents are on high alert when it comes to keeping little ones hydrated during the summer months (Image: Science Photo Library/Getty Images)
Nearly half of parents are on high alert when it comes to keeping little ones hydrated during the summer months (Image: Science Photo Library/Getty Images)

Nearly half of parents (47%) are extra concerned with keeping their little ones hydrated this summer – and will be trying creative tricks to encourage them to consume more fluid.

Some of the top kid-friendly ways to keep on top of hydration include making ice lollies, or freezing fruit into ice cubes.

Nearly four in five parents (79%) will be paying closer attention than ever when it comes to keeping kids' water bottles topped up during the warmer months.

And the poll of 1,300 parents, of 5-17-year-olds, found that 59% of youngsters consider flavoured water a treat – with some of the favourite flavours including lemon, strawberry, and summer fruits.

Meanwhile, simply munching on fruits high in water content – including grapes, strawberries, and watermelon – could also be a simple and effective way to quench thirst.

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Other ways parents are trying to get their children to eat and drink right include planning picnics, preparing fun-shaped foods, and working together with them to cook dinner.

Nearly half of parents are on hydration high alert for kids during summerSinger Aston Merrygold and his family will be attending Volvic Touch of Fruit's 'Sip and Sketch' event on London's South Bank this weekend (Volvic Touch of Fruit)

The research was commissioned by Volvic Touch of Fruit Sugar Free, and also found that 68% of mums and dads are feeling positive about the weeks ahead.

Quality family time, relaxation with the kids, and a break from the school routine, are some of the things they’re looking forward to most – while one in three hope to spend more time together at mealtimes, rather than dealing with the usual rush.

Parents are also embarking on activities in the warmer weather with their kids that’ll work up a thirst – including swimming, playing varying sports, trips to the beach, and colouring.

The brand is launching a two-day “Touch of Colour” outdoor “sip and sketch” colouring experience on August 5th and 6th, along London’s South Bank at Queen’s Stone.

Singer Aston Merrygold, and his wife Sarah, will be bringing their kids to sip and sketch.

Gemma Morgan, from Danone UK & IRL, said: “We’re eager to help parents keep their children hydrated, particularly in the warmer summer months with kids being extra active.

“So, we’re excited to be launching our “A Touch of Colour” event to equip families with more creative ways to keep their kids entertained while school’s out, as well as stay more hydrated.

“Whether it’s spending quality time with the kids around the dinner table, or enjoying new experiences and making memories, we’re here to help make keeping your kids hydrated that little bit easier.”

Andrew Young

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