Lactating babies and children under the age of four are more sensitive to changes in environmental temperature. Therefore, avoiding exposure to heat during the summer is as important as protecting them from excessive cold in the winter. Although it is the most beautiful time of the year for many, the summer and its heatwaves make life difficult for many a baby. They cannot regulate the temperature themselves, they are hot and that is unpleasant. Here are 12 tips to help ease your baby.
1. Keep your baby away from bright sunlight
Summer is no reason to have your baby locked up at home; Every baby needs its share of fresh air and sunlight. However, the delicate, sensitive skin of a baby is particularly susceptible to prolonged sun damage. Make it a rule to stay inside between 10 and 17 o’clock when the heat is unbearable. Instead, take a walk at the relatively cool early morning or evening. Stay outside in the shade and avoid too much direct sunlight.
2. Right summer clothing
Also important is the right clothes. Pay attention to the material especially in the summer. Natural fabrics such as cotton are ideal because they allow the skin to breathe properly and remove the heat well to the outside. So avoid synthetic fibers. And how much is right? Whether your child is dressed too warm or too airy, can be easily determined: hold him in the neck. If he feels warm but not hot, everything is fine. If he sweats, the last shift was too much. Nevertheless, a cap must always be. It protects against sun and drafts.
3. Stroller pleasure
An outdoor nap is wonderful for babies. You can put your baby to sleep in the stroller in the garden or on the balcony. Important, however, is a shady spot. If you place your stroller under a tree, however, think of an insect net (tick danger, mosquitoes, and bees). If you go for a long walk than attach a fan to your baby stroller for more comfortable. Please do not use the rain roof as a cover – otherwise, there is a risk of heat build-up.
4. Always keep the baby hydrated
The surface of a baby is high compared to body mass, making it dehydrated quickly. Babies under 6 months should be breastfed whenever they want. Others need to be encouraged to drink extra water on a regular basis. If signs of dehydration – no urination for 4 – 6 hours, weeping without tears, sunken eyes, etc. – are noticed, add enough water, and immediately apply a damp sponge to your forehead to revive the baby. If the symptoms persist, rush to a hospital: your baby may have a heat stroke.
5. Happy sleep in the summer
Adults know that too: in midsummer, sleeping is often difficult. It is still light and warm in the room. Babies in the summer a body and a light summer sleeping bag is enough. In no case pack the baby too warm.
Before sleeping, ventilate vigorously again. However, you should be careful with open windows or fans. Due to the draft, babies can catch a cold. So, it’s better to only supply fresh air when the child is not in the room.
If the baby has experienced a lot during the day and you were in the fresh air, they usually sleep well too. Remember, however, that the cot should be in a dark place if possible. Because otherwise, the offspring at 5 o’clock in the morning convinced that the day could begin. It’s light after all.
6. Splashing with baby
With the baby in the outdoor pool? Yes and no. Babies get hot quickly, but they also cool down quickly because the skin cannot yet regulate the temperature. Water and baths should, therefore, have a temperature of 38 degrees. Rubbing with a damp washcloth, on the other hand, works wonders and is the ideal alternative to keep babies cool and cool.
7. Is the baby drinking enough?
If you breastfeed your baby, you do not have to worry. Because no matter how hot it is outside, full-breasted infants need no extra fluid. Breastmilk is enough. At the beginning of the nursing meal, the milk is thirst-quenching and only when your baby drinks longer do it become more nutritious. So, you might notice that your child now wants to drink more often but much shorter. The same applies to industrially produced baby milk. It is also designed to meet the baby’s fluid needs. If your offspring already get supplements, you can offer additional water in hot weather. Pay attention to the nitrate value of the water.
8. Sunscreen and bathing
If you walk with your baby on a sunny day, you should rub it with sunscreen in the nude places. A sunburn in baby days increases the risk of developing skin cancer later. Back home, or at the latest in the evening, this usually very greasy cream must, of course, be washed off again.
If it was hot during the day, a quick dip in the evening is very pleasant for the baby. If it is prepared with only clear water, which I would recommend, it can also be enjoyed every day.
With a little bigger child, a small paddling pool, or a bathtub in the garden, or on the balcony is great. Please NEVER leave the children alone while bathing! If you have neither garden nor balcony, you can simply lay a tarpaulin on the floor in the living room and put the paddling pool on it.
9. Sun hat – always well protected
If you go outside with your baby, it’s best to always wear a sun hat. It protects the eyes, provides shade, and additionally protects against sunburn. Ideal are hats that are slightly longer and wider at the neck.
10. Take your intuition
It is very important that if you are not sure if the heat is too much for your baby or for your small children, you should pay attention to your mother’s intuition. If you think it is too hot, if you are sweating or uncomfortable, then it is more than likely that your baby feels the same. So, you should take extreme precautions and look for a cool place to better withstand temperatures.
11. Avoid food poisoning
In summer they increase the possibilities of suffering a food poisoning because the bacteria proliferate with the heat. Therefore, we must take care that food does not lose the cold chain and take precautions in the transport and storage of baby’s food.
It is not convenient to take baby food to the beach or the pool if it is not in a cold storage. You must increase hygiene measures when preparing them, as well as choosing always fresh foods and wash them well.
12. Avoid heat stroke
Babies are more prone to heat stroke because their body’s regulatory mechanism is still immature. The heat stroke is the consequence of exposure to very high temperatures and needs urgent attention to try to lower body temperature, in addition to medical treatment.
To avoid this, the baby should be protected from direct sunlight, cover his head with a cap, avoid the hottest hours of the day, stay in a cool place, drink water and drink fresh foods. And of course, never leave the baby in the car in full sun.