Summer is fast approaching and now is the time to take steps to ensure that your baby is protected from what is gearing up to be a sweltering one.
Your baby's skin is especially delicate, and with temperatures rising, sunscreen should be an essential part of your routine. Protecting baby from the heat isn't just important when he ventures outdoors; you should also take precautions indoors and in the car, to prevent things like dehydration.
Here are some tips:
1. Allow children to wear just a few pieces of clothing at home. If they have to be fully dressed, make sure it is in clothes made from cotton. Also make sure their attire is not too clingy.
2. Increase their fluid intake to keep them cool within. If possible, get them their own water bottle that is accessible so that they can have some water whenever they are thirsty. Also stock up on fruit juices so they will always have something to drink.
3. If they have heat rash, allow them to sleep with a fan on or turn on the air conditioning; otherwise they will be bothered and cry often. Heat rash is caused by excessive exposure to heat so try not to have them outdoors
4. Schedule outdoor time carefully. If you have to take your child outdoors, try to do so in the early mornings or in the evenings when it's not so hot. If you must take them out in the afternoons, have them wear sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat with sunglasses to protect their faces from the heat.
5. Under no circumstances should you leave your child in a car alone, and especially now when the time is hot. Children who are left unattended in parked cars are at greater risk of having heatstrokes and even death. So it's important that you check your car whenever you have reached your destination. Sometimes small children who are sleeping in the back seat are overlooked.
6. Avoid giving them hot foods and heavy meals. This adds to their body heat.