Summers are approaching and taking care of newborn is going to be a challenge for parents. Though, in summers, you don’t have to think much about clothes, diet, and cold/flu like weather infections, but summer involves other worries, especially those related to sunbathing and dehydration. In this article, I will sharing a few summer safety tips for newborns.
Let me start with the summer safety tips for newborns.
1Clothing And Temperature
Both indoors and outdoors, you are supposed to dress newborns appropriately according to temperature of the environment. As per experts, the best indoor temperature is 20-22 degrees Celsius. In case, the temperature is higher, you need to dress your newborn accordingly.
When you go out for a walk, dress your baby in large, light clothing, preferably made of natural fibers such as cotton that absorbs sweat better than synthetic materials.
You need to very careful with the use of air conditioning. Ideally, the air conditioner should be in a room other than that of the baby. In case, if it is not possible, then make sure that the air flow is not directed towards the baby’s bed.
Nowadays, many companies offering air conditioners with special filters to prevent impurities. As far as temperature is concerned, the best temperature is 20-22 degrees Celsius.
Babies are different, when it is about sweating. Even if you do not see sweating, the baby can still lose important fluids from the body. Look for signs like a congested face, hot to touch skin, rapid breathing, or agitation. These all are signs of dehydration.
However, if your baby is formula fed, then you need to give him a good amount of (boiled and cooled) water. During summers, you baby need at least 50% more fluids than his normal intake (at least 60 ml / 500 g / day).
In summers, due to excessive sweating, you may see (red) rashes around neck, skin, knees or elbows of your baby. To avoid these, dress your baby in cotton clothes and ask your doctor for skin-ointments. Do not apply anything on the affected areas without pediatrician’s approval.
At the bathroom, it is best to pay special attention to the neck, fold and baby’s overall hygiene. Constantly clean the baby’s hands, especially if he touches the face or insert them into the mouth.
The most dangerous outdoors during summer are between 10 am and 2 pm. You must avoid going out during these hours. In case, you have to, never miss carrying an umbrella.
In summers, especially, on very hot days, you will notice that the baby is having hard time sleeping. You need to make sure that he is having a quality sleep and to do so, you must ensure proper ventilation.
Avoid visiting crowded areas (with your baby) in summers as this may increase the chances of contacting with an infection. Avoid direct exposure to sun / high temperatures, especially when it is dry.
Use mosquito nets to protect your baby from insect bites and you can also use insect repellents (after pediatrician’s approval).
The new Chicco 3 months + protection against mosquitoes and other insects, is known for its exceptional qualities in preventing insect bites.
Finally, you need to keep this in mind that maintaining normal temperature in your baby’s room is not an easy thing to do. The best you can do is, maintaining the body temperature. The baby’s hands and feet tend to be always cooler than the rest of the body. Hence, they are not accurate indicators of its temperature, but the back of the head. So, check the baby’s neck to see if it’s hot or cold enough, or you can use a thermometer to avoid any doubt.
These are a few summer safety tips for newborns. Do you have any with you that you would like to share with us? Please feel free.