Summer is in full charge and with it comes sun and high temperatures. To help your baby stay cool and comfortable this season, try these simple tips.
Clothing. When indoors dress your baby in loose, lightweight clothing. It is good to pick clothing made from natural fibers like cotton because it absorbs perspiration better than synthetic fibers. When outside choose light-colored clothing that covers most of the skin as well as a wide-brimmed hat that will protect baby’s face from the sun.
Shade. It is recommended that babies younger than six months of age stay out of direct sun. If you are planning a beach trip this summer be sure to pack an umbrella or sun tent that has UV protection in the fabric. Also, bring along a pair of sunglasses for your little beach babe; be sure they block at least 99 percent of ultraviolent radiation.
Hydration. The body becomes dehydrated fast during the summer months. Be sure to have your baby drink at least 50 percent more liquid each day (whether it is breast milk, formula, juice or water). Look for signs of dehydration while in hot weather: flushed face, skin that is warm to the touch, restlessness and rapid breathing.
Ventilation. Babies are unable to regulate their body temperature as well as adults, causing them to become overheated quickly and easily. Never leave your baby in a hot room or parked car. Only a few minutes could cause their temperature to spike, possibly causing a life-threatening situation.
Heat-friendly baby carrier. Mixing a baby’s body heat and the confined space of a baby carrier can be dangerous. Pick a baby carrier with a lightweight nylon fabric over one with a heavy fabric. Be watchful of your child’s face; if it starts to look flushed, remove them from the carrier immediately.