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 By the time an athlete is thirsty, she may already be dehydrated. To prevent dehydration, an active child should drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. Fruits and vegetables are also a good source of water. Commercial sports drinks are not needed for routine rehydration but are an acceptable substitute only if water is unavailable.

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Last Updated
5/11/2013
Source
A Minute for Kids
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