When should I give my child a sports drink?

When it comes to keeping hydrated during play, water is usually adequate. With sustained activity that lasts 90 minutes or more, kids can benefit from replacing their electrolytes and glucose with a sports drink.
JJ Virgin
Health Education
Sports drinks are a terrible idea for anyone. They are usually loaded with junk ingredients, added sugar, artificial sweeteners, and even additives that could become harmful to kids. For electrolyte replenishment after strenuous workouts, opt for a low-sugar electrolyte powder or no-sugar-added coconut water.

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