How will you take the best care for your new born in his first summer? Does this question bother you? Are you thinking about how to protect your baby from the heat? The following tips will help you to take good care of your babies:
- Avoid the heat as much as possible. Babies can’t cool off as fast as you can. They can over heat or develop heat rashes if it’s too hot for them. Keep your child indoors in the afternoon.
- Use sunscreen if you must go out in the sun, the minimum sun protection factor can be SPF 15. It can be applied on all the areas which are exposed to the rays of the sun.Apply after a couple of hours if your baby sweats.
- Heat rashes may develop on a baby’s skin due to excessive sweating. Keep the baby in minimal clothing, to prevent overheating. Make the babywear cottons which are loose fitting.
- Ensuring proper hydration is a must especially if your baby is sweating. Dehydration can express itself through hot flushes, accelerated breath and anxiety. Babies below 6 months should feed on more of milk or formula milk. Water should be boiled and cooled before giving it to your baby.
- Avoid leaving your baby in a closed car or closed space in summers, keep him lightly dressed. Protect from direct rays of the sun.
- Loose fitting cotton clothes in layers keeps babies comfortable. The layers can be removed as per the need. Keep him covered even when it’s not sunny.
- Avoid going out after 10 a.m. or before 4 p.m. to save your baby from heat. It’s better to take him out in the evening when it’s cooler.
- In case you must go out in the heat, carry an umbrella.
- Mosquito repellents or nets should be used in summers. Keep the room well ventilated in case you are going to use it. Mosquito repellent creams can also be applied, but consult your pediatrician. You may use a natural mosquito repellent instead of a chemical one.
- Use diapers sparingly, use coconut oil or diaper rash cream to prevent rashes otherwise use cotton nappies.
- While giving a bath use lukewarm water. Use a mild soap especially for babies.
12.Keeping your child in the AC is okay as long as it’s not directly in the cold air approximately 25 degrees is sufficient.
- Avoid foods which produce heat and give foods which keep your young one cool and hydrated.
- Don’t leave your baby unattended in a bathing tub.
- Avoid sudden change of temperature, it should be gradual.
Hope these tips are useful as you brave the heat with your little one this summer.