Hot weather can be dangerous for your baby. Whether it be under the shade, walking through the park, or playing in the water, you need to always be aware of your baby and their safety in the heat. Remember, the younger your baby is, the more they need to be out of the sun. Babies overheat a lot faster than adults and need to always be protected. Below you will read some great tips and information that will not only keep your baby safe but you safe as well!
Keep your baby cool and protect them from the sun. Babies can’t cool themselves as well as adults so it is your responsibility to ensure that your baby is comfortable and safe. This is in order to ensure that your baby will avoid heat rashes and heat strokes. Babies who are less than six months old need to be kept out of direct sunlight because their skin contains very little melanin which is the pigment that provides some protection from the sun.
Remember, that sunscreen isn’t recommended for babies under six months so they should be put in hats, shade, and clothing that covers them well. For babies over six months, be sure to apply a high factor sunscreen and keep them shaded as much as possible. Apply sunscreen regularly, particularly if your baby is in and out of the sea or paddling pool. Always test the sunscreen on a small area of your baby’s skin to check for any skin reactions.
Also, most strollers and playpens today come with a sunshade or an umbrella to keep your baby safe from harsh sun rays, so be sure to use them as much as possible. Remember, just because the sun isn’t bright in the sky, doesn’t mean that the sun isn’t able to affect your baby. In fact, you are more likely to get a sunburn from the sun in the sky covered by clouds than not, due to light refraction.
Keeping your Baby Cool
There are many great tips to keeping your baby cool but the most obvious is to just keep your baby indoors. Of course, this isn’t always possible when you are running errands and enjoying the day at the beach. Water, the beach, or a pool, are great things to use when trying to keep your baby cool.
Be sure that they play with the water in a shaded area and that the baby is always supervised to avoid accidents. Another great way to keep your baby cool is a nice cool bath before bedtime which can be very beneficial. Be sure to keep your baby’s bedroom cool during the day by closing the blinds or curtains and use a fan to circulate the air in the room.
Make sure the fan doesn’t point towards your baby and that you keep nightwear and bedclothes to a minimum. If your baby pushes off the covers during the night, consider putting them in just a nappy with a well-secured sheet that won’t get loose and cover their face or get entangled during the night.
One more thing to remember, if you have an air-conditioner, make sure the room does not get too cold as setting the temperature to about 24 to 26 degrees Celsius is low enough to keep your baby cool and safe.
Traveling in hot Weather with a Baby
If you are going to travel in a vehicle during hot weather, try to make your trip during the coolest part of the day. The coolest part of the day is usually in the early morning or late in the evening. Make sure your baby is in the shade in the car.
There are window attachments for your baby that allow you to put a screen down over the window so the baby can be sat in the shaded area of the backseat of your car. When you are traveling in a vehicle, be sure to keep the car cool using the air conditioner or opening the windows.
Remember to never leave a baby alone in a parked car. Even in mild weather, vehicles can become too hot and very quickly for babies. If you decide to travel with the baby by taking a walk, be sure you also keep in mind the heat and sun. Traveling in the earliest part of the day is the safest way to ensure that your baby will stay cool and have less chance of heat stroke or sun damage.
Babies need to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. You will know that your baby is staying hydrated if they are dirtying at least six to eight diapers a day. Remember, if your baby is 6 months or younger, your baby is only supposed to be on breast milk or formula.
You shouldn’t be giving them your baby water but during hot weather, you may notice your baby wants to feed more than usual but for shorter periods. Once your baby is on solids, you can then give them a small amount of cooled boiled water throughout the day.
Make sure that the water you give your baby is sterile and cooled. If your baby wakes up at night, then they may want milk but you can try some cooled boiled water instead to ensure they stay hydrated.
Signs of Heatstroke and How to Prevent it
Heatstroke happens when the body can no longer cool itself and starts to overheat. If left untreated, it can lead to other problems such as organ failure, brain damage and can be fatal. Be sure to watch out for signs and symptoms of heatstroke.
One obvious sign of heatstroke is rising body temperature and heavy sweating that suddenly stops. This is because the body is unable to produce any more sweat due to becoming overheated and dehydrated. If you wait too long to assess your baby, they may drink less. as the baby gets weaker.
If your baby has pale or clammy skin, a rapid heartbeat or breathing, be sure to call an ambulance. Be sure to check the baby thoroughly and ensure that their soft spot on their head isn’t sunken in and that their urine isn’t a dark color. As with anyone with heatstroke, you will experience dry mouth, headaches, muscle cramps and being sleepy or confused.
If your baby is fussy, red and vomiting then they need urgent treatment. Call for an ambulance or take your baby to a hospital at once. While you’re waiting for an ambulance to arrive, make sure to put your baby in a cool area as quickly as possible and remove any excess clothing.
Always make sure that your baby stays cool and that you are always keeping your baby safe in the heat. The same goes for yourself! Find out more here.