How to Keep Your Baby Cool During the Summer
The summer months can be tough on everyone, but this is especially true for our babies. They are more susceptible to heat exhaustion and dehydration, as they cannot cool themselves easily.
As a parent, it’s our responsibility to ensure that they are comfortable and safe during those hot days. Thankfully there are plenty of strategies and solutions that can be of great help.
Interested in learning more? Below we are going to discuss some tips to keep your baby cool during the summer months.
Let’s get started!
Dress them in loose, breathable, lightweight clothing.
During hot days, it’s best to dress your baby in loose clothing that allows air to circulate their body.
This reduces their overall temperature and keeps them more comfortable.
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Choose fabric options carefully.
When your little one isn’t in your arms, they are most likely sitting in their stroller or a baby carrier. Much like their clothing, try and use breathable fabrics where possible to avoid overheating.
Mesh panels can ensure that there is sufficient ventilation during those hot days.
You should also avoid hanging any blankets over the stroller as this will trap additional heat.
Keep them well hydrated.
To prevent dehydration, ensure that your baby is taking in plenty of fluids during the day. Breastmilk or formula will provide the majority of their fluid intake but offer extra water between feeds if they are over the age of six months.
It’s worth having an extra bottle when you’re out and about to ensure that they have access as required.
One easy way to check if they are dehydrated is by monitoring their diaper changes. Lack of wet nappies means that they are not drinking enough!
Ensure their room is cool.
When you’re indoors, ensure that you create a cool and comfortable environment for your baby to sleep and play.
Draw the curtains and blinds to block out the sun, and use fans or air conditioning to lower the temperature.
Lightweight cotton sheets are best for sleep and stay clear of synthetic materials. If your baby wears a sleep sack, be sure to check the TOG level to ensure it is suitable for the room.
Be sun-safe when outdoors.
Sun safety is important during the entire year but is even more vital during the summer months.
Avoid direct exposure between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm as this is generally when the sun is at its strongest even if there is cloud cover.
When you do go outside, protect their eyes and face with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. You should also remain in the shade as much as possible.
Offer cool baths and showers.
If you notice that your baby is feeling warm one of the easiest ways to get their temperature down is to give them a cool bath or shower.
Check that the water is lukewarm so that it doesn’t shock their system and add a few toys to keep them distracted.
Filling a paddling pool outside is also a great choice but remember that they must be supervised at all times.
Once done, dry your baby thoroughly with a towel. Avoid applying thick moisturizers and creams as these can sometimes cause further irritation.
Use cooling gadgets.
Technology has now made it easier than ever to keep your baby cool. Things such as a portable fan or misting spray bottle can provide instant relief if you do happen to be out in the sun.
Another good idea is to consider using a cooling gel pack or pad under your baby’s car seat or stroller.
Of course, you should still check that any gadgets you are using are safe for your child and recommended by your pediatrician.
Use sunscreen sparingly.
Sunscreen is best avoided for babies under the age of six months as their skin can be vulnerable to the ingredients within it.
For older children, it can be used but you should still apply sparingly.
While it can protect them from harmful UV rays, it can also make them feel hot and sticky. You are better off keeping them out of the sun altogether than applying it over the body.
Monitor signs of heat rash.
Heat rash occurs when your little one has overheated as sweat glands become blocked off. It presents as small pink bumps that are itchy, prickly and may contain tiny water blisters.
If you notice them on your baby, you may need to think about dressing them in one less layer of clothing.
Certain creams and calamine lotions can relieve some of the itching.
You should also keep an eye on the bumps, as rashes can also occur from other medical conditions. Any signs of fever or illness should be reported to your GP.
Watch for signs of heat stroke.
Alongside heat rash, you must also understand the signs of heat stroke and exhaustion. Despite following the above, they may still get unwell in extremely hot environments.
Watch for symptoms such as a dry or sticky mouth, no tears when crying, sunken eyes, rapid breathing, and excessive thirst.
If you notice any signs, cool your baby down immediately and begin offering fluids. Seek medical attention immediately if no improvement is made.
Keep Baby Cool This Summer
While you may be dreading the summer months, it is possible to make them an enjoyable time for yourself and your family.
By following the advice above, you’ll be able to keep your little one cool, healthy, and happy.
Just remember to avoid the sun, and most importantly – never leave your baby in the car. This is incredibly dangerous, even if you think you’ll only be inside for a few minutes.
What do you think?
Do you have any other tips that have worked well for your children?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.