A Guide to Keeping Babies Cool this Summer
Whilst summer brings plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy some quality family time in the sun, it’s important to take the necessary steps to keep your little ones safe and comfortable in the heat. As UK temperatures continue to rise this summer, parents should take care to ensure their children are safe and comfortable, as little ones are particularly vulnerable to the heat. Here at Direct4Baby, we recognise the importance of knowing exactly how to keep your baby or child cool in the sun, so we’ve compiled an informative guide on how best to remain vigilant, as well as answering some of the most common questions and concerns parents face when temperatures start to soar.
How do I keep my baby cool in the summer?Protecting your little one from overheating in the sun may seem like an overwhelming task, but it’s actually quite simple if parents remain careful. Here are some of our top tips and tricks for keeping your newborn or infant cool in a smart way. Enjoy the summer sun and stay safe with your child by following these five simple steps:
- Avoid direct sunlight
- Dress your children appropriately
- Only use sunscreen when sun is unavoidable
- Plan your trips around the hottest time of day
What happens if my baby gets too hot?Hot weather can be very harmful to babies and young children, so knowing how to keep them cool and comfortable is vital. A change in temperature or prolonged exposure to heat can easily lead to sunburn, dehydration, heat exhaustion, sun stroke and other more serious complications. Which is why it’s important that parents keep a watchful eye on their little ones, especially in the sun. Spotting signs of heat-related illness If you think your little one may be experiencing any heat-related symptoms, it’s important to act quickly and seek medical advice. There are a number of tell-tale signs parent’s should keep a watchful eye for. Symptoms such as your baby’s face turning red, fewer wet nappies, or they’re being a lot more irritable than usual are common signs of sun overexposure. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, seek a shaded area and take action immediately to cool down your little one. Avoid cooling your baby too quickly however, as this can cause symptoms of shock. If you wish to bathe them, use tepid water rather than cold as this could cause further burns to the skin.
Keeping babies cool at nightIt’s one thing to make sure your baby is safe and comfortable throughout the day, but it’s equally important to take precautions on summer nights to prevent babies from overheating. Here are a few simple ways to ensure your little one has a peaceful night’s sleep, without the worry of discomfort. If your little one has an irregular sleeping routine and has regular naps through sunny periods of the day, consider investing in a Magic Blackout blind. These innovative blinds have the ability to mold to any window frame, without the need for sticky adhesives. Simply cut the magic blackout blind to shape, and press to the window, to block out sunshine and help cool down your little one’s room as they sleep.
- Switch to summer-appropriate sleepwear
- Use a fan to control room temperatures