There’s no good reason to give your kid Gatorade, Delbridge says. The only time anyone might need a sugary sports drink is if they’ve just knocked out an intense hour-long workout and want some quick calories and electrolytes to help recover. Odds are this won’t be your child. Even if he’s just been subbed out of his soccer game, water should do the trick, Delbridge says. If it’s sweltering hot or if he’s been playing for a long stretch without a break, sliced oranges and other fruits are much better way to replace lost vitamins and minerals than a sports drink.
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