We can all get a bit hot and bothered during summer, but young children are especially vulnerable. Babies, especially those under six months of age, are at a higher risk for overheating because their bodies don't regulate temperature as well as adults do. Here are some tips for keeping your baby cool and comfortable during the summer months:
Dress your baby in fewer clothes on hot days. In the summer, it's best to dress your baby in lightweight clothing made of natural fibres like cotton. A singlet and nappy is suitable indoors, or a short-sleeved onesie.
Keep the room temperature cool. When it's hot outside, it's important to keep the temperature inside your home comfortable for your baby. Use air conditioning or fans to keep the room temperature cool. You can also use cool damp cloths to help cool bub down on a hot day. If you can't get cool at home, consider going to your local air-conditioned shopping centre or library. To ensure the temperature in your house is appropriate you can also use a room thermometer which you can purchase in retail stores or online.
Keep your baby hydrated. It's important to give your baby plenty of fluids, especially on hot days. Offer your baby breast milk or formula frequently. Babies over six months old can have small amounts of cooled boiled water after or between milk feeds (fruit juice, fruit-based drinks and fizzy drinks are not recommended). You'll know your baby is getting enough fluids if they’ve had six to eight pale wet nappies in the last 24 hours.
Use shading and protective clothing. When you're outside with your baby, use a hat and lightweight clothing to protect their skin from the sun. Use a stroller with a canopy or a shade to protect your baby from direct sunlight and NEVER leave your baby in the car unattended.
Avoid strenuous activity. On hot days, it's best to avoid activities that may cause your baby to overheat, such as playing outside or going to the beach. If you do go outside, try to do so during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or evening.
Always pay attention to your baby's behaviour and watch for signs of overheating, such as excessive sweating, rapid breathing, or being extra-sleep. Your baby may also develop what is known as a heat rash.
If you notice any of these signs, move your baby to a cooler location and seek medical attention if necessary.
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Information sourced from: NSW Health, The Womens', Parents.com.
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