The Tutoring Center, Mountain View CA 


Of course it’s common sense that your child needs to drink water in order to stay healthy, but the negative effects of even minor dehydration and how easy it is to get dehydrated may surprise you. Today, The Tutoring Center in Mountain View would like to let you know a little more about dehydration and how it can best be avoided.

Dehydration brings negative physical symptoms

Dehydration can manifest symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, light-headedness, and nausea, all of which are unpleasant and distracting. If your child does not drink when these symptoms appear, dehydration can become much more serious, so it’s important to be clear with them that they must have a drink if they feel any of the above symptoms.

You can be dehydrated before you feel thirsty

A dry mouth, tiredness, and the other physical symptoms of thirst may not make themselves known until the negative effects of mild dehydration have already kicked in. That means your child could be performing worse than necessary simply due to not realizing that they are thirsty. That’s why it’s important to encourage your child to sip water throughout the day and to drink when they do not necessarily feel very thirsty, as this will keep them consistently hydrated.

Water is essential for good brain function and performance

The brain is around 75% water, so it’s no surprise that it plays a big part in the brain functioning properly. Water’s required for circulation, waste removal, and the transmission of information between neurons, among other things. By the time your child feels the physical symptoms of thirst, they may have already undergone a 2% drop in body weight from loss of water, which studies have linked with negative impacts on cognitive performance.

Dehydration’s negative symptoms are also tremendously distracting. If your child is light-headed, dizzy, and tired then it’s very unlikely that they’ll be able to pay attention in class and focus on their work.

Encourage them to keep a bottle of water handy

Schools are not always great at providing drinks for students or at encouraging their students to take in enough water. Make sure your child appreciates the importance of drinking enough and send them off to school with a bottle of water. Avoid providing them with soda or fruit juice as a replacement, as these are far less thirst-quenching and are full of unnecessary sugar and additives.

If you feel that your child could benefit from a little extra support in any academic area, The Tutoring Center is here to help. We offer expert help with reading, math, grammar and more, so think of us should you ever require tutoring in Mountain View. Call (650) 396-7680 to learn more.

Make sure to read our previous posts for more helpful tips, such as this post on effective note taking.


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