This summer has been particularly hot. The Paficic Northwest and Canada experienced a heatwave that left hundreds dead and killed over a billion sea creatures. Babies and children are at risk from these high temperatures even more so than adults. There is no sign of the heat letting up. In this article, we discuss advice given by british broadcaster, ITV on how you can keep babies and children cool this summer.
With temperatures so high, the risk of sunburn has risen and with it, the risk of skin cancer. Yet, children love playing and outdoors, with its sites, natural light, space and fresh air. The outdoors are a child’s dream. Unfortunately, with temperatures so high, we discourage you from having children play too much outdoors. Children should stay in the shade whenever they are outdoors. They should wear loose, light-colored clothing.
If you have access to a paddle pool, you can use it to keep babies and children cool. Babies have not yet developed the ability to regulate their body temperature as well as children and adults. This is even more true of premature and low-birthweight babies. So, keeping babies cool is especially important. Babies younger than six months should not be under direct sunlight.
Babies older than six months should avoid sunlight as much as possible. Especially in mid-day when the sun is its hottest.
As you move around with your baby, do not put any kind of cover, or blanket, over its pram, because it stops air circulation and makes the pram much hotter than it should be.
Sunscreen is an important defence against sunburn. Babies older than six months should use sunscreen with a Sun protection Factor (SPF) of 50. Babies less than six months old should either stay in the shade or wear a hat.
When it’s nighttime, ensure that your baby’s bedroom is kept very cool, remembering the difficulties that babies have with regulating their own body temperature. You should ensure that as many windows are kept open as possible. During the day, partially close blinds or curtains so there isn’t too much direct sunlight entering the bedroom. Place a fan in the room and a bowl of ice or bottle of frozen water in front of it in order to cool the room’[s air. If you are still worried that the room’s temperature may be too high, get a thermometer to check.
Do not use waterproof sheets in your baby’s bed because these can raise the temperature of the bed. You should use cotton blankets and sheets as they keep the baby cool.
If a room is particularly hot, consider letting a baby nap in just their nappies. If your Nuna Baby prefers to be more covered than this, then cover them with a muslin or a thin cotton blanket.
You should periodically check your baby’s body temperature and be ready to feed them more frequently than normal. Babies of age six months and older may need more liquids than usual. From 12 months old, your baby should rely almost wholly on whole cow’s milk or breast milk for their main drinks.