Bring on the heat!!! After a long cold summer leaving most indoors it's time to open the windows and get outside. We are going from cold weather warnings to extreme heat warnings. So now is the time to educate ourselves on how to help keep our
babies feeling cool while being outside.
Because many babies can't tell their parents or caregivers that they're thirsty, they can become dangerously dehydrated in hot weather, which also can lead to hyperthermia. So, it's extremely important to be alert to the following warning signs of dehydration in babies:
• Dry mouth or tongue
• Few tears when crying
• Few wet diapers (less than six a day)
• Dark yellow or smelly urine
• Sunken "soft spots," eyes or cheeks
• Mottled, grayish, skin that's cool to the touch.
• High fever
If you think your baby is dehydrated, please go see your doctor immediately and try to get him or her to drink an electrolyte replacement solution (such as Pedialyte) or water (depending on age). Because dehydration causes babies' core temperature to rise rapidly, it puts them at increased risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
The best way to keep babies safe in the summer heat is to prevent them from becoming overheated and dehydrated in the first place.
Here are great tips.
1. on the go we highly recommend a uv cover to cover your stroller. Babeez recommends the snooze shade that doubles as a black out shade for strollers as well as it provides ideal uv protection. Keeping baby and stroller in a shaded area under
a tree is optimum. There are tools such as stroller fans and stroller liners to keep baby cool if you will be out for extended periods of time. Spritzing baby with a water bottle or wetting a washcloth to wipe over their body is also a great alternative. If your baby must go outdoors, dress him or her in light-weight, light-colored clothes. A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (if the baby is over 6 months of age) are a must. They also help protect a baby
from dangerous sun rays. Babies are very susceptible to sunburn and when children become sunburned, their sweat glands don't function as well. And sunburns in babies put them at increased risk for skin cancer, even in childhood.
2. Keep your baby indoors in an air-conditioned room during heat waves. The number one protection against heat-related illness and death is air conditioning. If your home isn't air conditioned, find some place that is, such as a shopping mall, public library or a heat-relief shelter. Fans can help a bit, but when the temperature soars into the 90s, fans cannot prevent heat exhaustion and stroke.
The best range for baby is 18-22 degrees indoors.
3. keep your baby hydrated. If nursing, be sure you are offering your full nurses and top up nurses as needed and note the 2.4 oz of water is ok to give in a 24 hrs period as long as its not in replacement of food. If your child is on solids Watermelon and high water content fruits are great. ice pops can not only help
with teething but can help keep baby cool and hydrated.
Have fun with your little ones, Enjoy and be safe!
By Sabrina Crimeli
Follow Sabrina, one of our sleep consultants, as she blogs about her experience with her new baby!