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Hydration for Young Dancers

The hydration needs of children are not that different than adults. Some studies have suggested that infants and children are more susceptible to dehydration because of their smaller body weights, higher turnover of water and electrolytes and lower capacity for sweating. Children should generally drink about 7-8 cups of water a day, however active children should drink closer to 9-10 cups.  This sounds like a lot, but you can add water to your daily routine: 2 cups when you wake up, and at least 1-2 cups before every meal.  Most importantly don’t forget to bring your water bottle to class!