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Baby Care During Summers

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Summers can be tricky for babies as overdressing could cause the little one to develop heat rashes, and this has also been linked to SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Let us discuss some of the ways which can help you to take good care of your baby when you are at home or outside the home.

Indoor Care

There are AC’s ,coolers or fans at home for summers but there may be times when your baby does not get the benefits due power cuts or it might become so hot that these cooling appliances just be

Baby Care During Summers

If the baby wills, make her wear a hat when you are outdoors in the sun

come less effective. Also, use of AC’s and coolers require some precautions as well. During summers, the baby get dehydrated easily, thus she needs frequent feedings, in case water is not given (up to six months water is not needed at all) to her. If you breastfeed her, you should do it frequently to fulfil her requirement for liquids. If the baby depends on formula milk for her feed, make them more frequent to replace the lost water due to dehydration.

Make sure when you give her a bath you clean all the folds in her body like armpits, bottom area, at the back of her knee or ear to avoid any cuts due to sweat (which is more likely to happen in humid weather). Dress her in soft, loose cotton clothes instead of going for fancy, tight fitted dresses. Remember cotton is best for summers – since it absorbs perspiration better than synthetics. Let her play on bare floor during power cuts. Have all the windows open for good ventilation if blowing wind is not hot. Dressing her in just a plain vest and underwear at home during afternoons is wonderful. If she is grown enough, give her a good bath (enough time to play with water) in her bath tub to make her feel fresh. Take care of your own diet if you breastfeed her, to avoid any tummy problems to her.

Outdoor Care

It is always better not to step out in extreme heat carrying your baby but it is not practically possible always. When you go out in summers with your baby, dress her with wide brimmed hat, full pants and full sleeved clothes preferably cotton. You may apply sunscreen more frequently if your baby is more than six months old, but for a baby younger than 6 months, you may use it minimally. Babies less than six months old have soft, sensitive skin, thus direct exposure to sunlight should be avoided. If baby is not comfortable with a hat or a cap, keep a cotton white cloth or scarf to cover her head. Direct sun rays on head may harm your baby. The old tips of keeping onion in pocket actually prevent us or baby from getting sun stroke (loo).

Carry an umbrella to protect the baby if you go out in sunlight during summer. In the evenings when you bring her out on terrace or balcony for fresh air, make sure she is safe from mosquitoes (use a mosquito net). Avoid going to crowded places to prevent her from getting infected. Maintain sufficient hygiene.

If a child under the age of 1 year happens to develop a hot, red swollen skin that causes the baby pain if touched, it is most likely the case of a sunburn. This needs medical attention, so immediately seek your paediatrician’s advice.

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