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Helping Your Baby Stay Cool This Summer

Summer heat can be a danger to even the heartiest among us, but babies are particularly vulnerable to heat because their little bodies have not yet learned to perspire effectively.  Here are a few tips to help you baby stay cool this summer.

1.      Stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day, typically 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

2.      Have air conditioning on indoors and fans in use indoors and outdoors.

3.      In an enclosed space such as a living room or bedroom, keep baby near the floor.  This is because heat rises, so the closer baby is to the floor, the cooler the air temperature around baby.

4.      When taking baby outside on a hot summer day, apply sunscreen, keep baby in shade (i.e., under trees, umbrellas, canopies, etc.) as much as possible, and keep a watchful eye on baby to check for signs of overheating (i.e., flushed face, skin that is unusually warm to the touch, rapid breathing, etc.).

5.      Dress baby appropriately and remind your babysitter to do the same.  Fabrics that touch baby’s skin should be made of all-natural fibers (i.e., cotton).  This is because cotton “breathes” (i.e., does not trap heat against baby’s body) and absorbs perspiration; synthetic fabrics do not.  For this reason, disposable diapers should be avoided during the heat of summer because the plastics in them hold heat against baby’s body; cotton diapers are more appropriate for babies exposed to summer heat.  You may dress baby only in diapers during the heat of the day.  If you dress baby in additional clothing, that clothing should be light and loose fitting . . . and made of all natural fibers, of course.  Oh, and don’t forget a sun hat with a wide rim and sunglasses that block 99% of ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) radiation.

6.      When taking baby outside on a hot summer day, remove extra padding from the stroller as padding will retain heat around baby.  Cover the remaining parts of the stroller (at least the parts that will come in contact with baby’s skin) with a cotton sheet.  This is because most strollers are made of heavy fabrics or even plastic, both of which retain heat around baby.

7.      When taking baby outside on a hot summer day, pack a variety of cool, wet wash cloths in the diaper bag (and a few wet, frozen wash cloths too).  These can be wrapped individually in sandwich baggies to keep them from dampening other contents of the diaper bag.  When baby gets warm, you can apply a cool, wet (not frozen) wash cloth to baby’s face, back of neck, wrists, etc. to cool baby’s body.  As your time outdoors proceeds, the frozen wash cloths will melt and become cool, wet wash cloths; they will be the last cooling cloths you use during your outing.

8.      Cool, wet wash cloths can also be used when breastfeeding on a hot summer day.  These can be placed between the two of you to keep baby cool while breastfeeding.

9.      If you are breastfeeding, baby will prefer smaller and more frequent feedings; baby will not need additional hydration (i.e., water) as breastfeeding will accommodate for baby’s changing hydration needs.  If you are not breastfeeding, baby will need to be provided with frequent cool liquids to drink.

10.   Last, but certainly not least, you and baby can enjoy some pool-time together.  Whether enjoying the cool water of a home or municipal wading pool or taking swimming lessons in a municipal swimming pool, the cool water will help keep baby’s body temperature down.

By following these tips, you can help your baby stay cool this summer.  For more useful tips; continue to visit Care4hire.com.

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