To help you get started and boost the confidence you need to embrace your new role, we’ve listed here a few parenting tips that can keep your newborn healthy, cool and comfortable during summer.
New Delhi: Becoming a parent can be a wonderful experience, yet, it can also be a bit overwhelming, especially when advice pours in from various people. Perhaps, as a new mom or dad, it’s quite normal to be frantic when it comes to newborn care and safety. You might even feel like you’re running out of idea on how you go about keeping your baby cool the summer months.
During summer, young children and babies can become ill and their health can be seriously affected by dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. So, to help you get started and boost the confidence you need to embrace your new role, we’ve listed here a few tips that can keep your newborn healthy, cool and comfortable during very hot weather.
Hydration: Babies and young children can get dehydrated much faster than adults. So, give them plenty of fluids to keep your child hydrated. If you’re exclusively breastfeeding your baby, you don’t need to give him/her extra water to avoid becoming dehydrated. But, they need to be breastfed more often than usual. If your baby is formula-fed, as well as getting usual milk feeds, you can give him a little cooled boiled water in summer. For babies who are over 6 months old, parents may try giving them a combination of very diluted fruit juice, ice cubes and homemade fruit juice lollies throughout the day if they get bored with water, suggests the NHS.
Sun safety: Try staying indoors during the peak heat hours of the day (from 10 a.m to 5 p.m). In fact, babies less than 6 months old should not be exposed to direct sunlight. This is important due to the fact that their skin contains too little melanin, the pigment that gives human skin, hair and eyes their colour, and provides some protection from the sun.
If you have to step out, the BabyCentre suggests placing a cotton sheet on the seat of the pram, or the baby carrier before lying your baby into it. The cotton sheet will absorb any sweat and help keep your baby cool and comfortable.
Nappy free-time: Make sure that you give your baby some nappy-free time everyday, especially during summer. Nappies, including cotton nappies and disposable diapers, can keep your baby quite warm in hot weather, causing rash in the nappy-covered areas like the waist and thighs due to sweating. So, it’s important to find a convenient time of the day to let your little one without a nappy on. Some experts recommend having nappy-free times as much as possible, or at least 2 at least 2-3 nappy-free times of 10-15 minutes a day.
Dressing: Ensure that you dress your baby right – for instance, you would want to choose pure cotton clothes over clothes made of synthetic fibres like nylon, polyester or rayon. Cotton fabrics are more absorbent and can help keep your baby comfortable.
Talcum powder: Talcum powder can absorb moisture and keep the baby dry and comfortable in hot weather. However, ensure that you apply the powder safely. Talc powder, if inhaled, can be harmful. It can cause breathing difficulties, coughing, etc. Talc powder in the eye can also cause irritation, redness, and blurred vision, etc.
Also, close blinds and curtains to keep your child’s bedroom cool during the day.