Children who drink fluids regularly can prevent dehydration and a trip to the emergency room, but they need to drink at regular intervals and not wait until they are thirsty to start drinking. If they are thirsty, they are already dehydrated. They should always drink before, during, and after activity:

• Children should drink 12 ounces of fluid about 30 minutes before activity begins.

• During an activity, children weighing less than 90 pounds should drink five ounces every 20 minutes; children over 90 pounds should drink nine ounces every 20 minutes.

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