This is an exert from a kind person who shared this advice. In their last few words they request that this story is shared to as many people as possible. So this is me sharing. The author who went by the name of Aliester started by saying this..
"Give them water! I've stopped probably over a hundred temper tantrums by just handing the child a glass of water. At first they sometimes push it away, but then they will drink it, and then a couple of minutes later, good as new!
It should be room temperature or at least not very cold water.
I discovered this in the early '90s when I was just getting into dehydration issues and doing self-experimentation on hydration and dehydration. Noticing children who were just acting up, yelling, screaming, crying, bullying other children, I thought "Ah, what if they're just dehydrated and are crying for water?"
Babies especially are very sad, they scream for water at the top of their lungs and their throats are raspy and the noises coming from them give all the signs of dehydrated throats (hopefully most here knows that cough medicines, etc., don't work, and just numb the throat - numbing the symptom while ignoring the cause).
So usually when I'm in a store or a mall or someplace, and a child or baby is giving dehydration signals (sometimes at the top of their poor dry lungs), I'll tell the parents about this. Some listen, and they are the ones who will save hundreds of hours of frustration and unnerving crying and screaming. Most don't, as they don't want strangers telling them how to raise their child. Maybe the ones who listen are the ones who will be more apt to do it.
A few years later I contacted a national hydration group, who did their own informal experiments on this in a nursery school, and they claimed it worked.
The only thing I ask of the parents with children in stores is that if it works to share it with at least one other person who needs the information, and I'll kindly ask the same of readers here, if you would".
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