How to make sure that your baby is always hydrated during the summers?
We all are familiar with how hot and uncomfortable the summer season can be! With global warming on the rise, the temperature is increasing day by day. Not only for you but the uncontrollable heat could be very uncomfortable for your baby as well.
It is very important that you take the necessary precautions during the summer season. Lack of fluids in your little ones’ body can lead to fatigue and irritability. It can also lead to urine loss and vomiting.
Due to the discomfort, they might not eat properly too. Babies are sensitive to the smallest levels of water and excess of heat, which can lead to dehydration. If not dealt with, then it can be dangerous for your baby.
The best way is to keep your baby away from excessive sunlight and heat. A baby’s skin is very sensitive and longer exposure to the sun can cause severe sunburns. You need to keep them cool. Due to the excess heat, your baby might need to be breastfed more often.
But sometimes due to discomfort or irritability they might not take much. Skin-to-skin contact can be sweaty and uncomfortable both for you and your baby during summers.
They are still growing and developing and it will take time to adjust to the changing temperatures. Some of the signs of heat exhaustion could be excessive dry skin, vomiting, and loss in urine.
Apart from suffering from dehydration or sunburns, your baby gets cranky and fussy too. You can’t reduce the heat or ask the sun to hide! But you can ensure your baby’s utmost comfort.
Stay home: The very basic tip is to stay inside your home, instead of venturing outside. To avoid sun damage, stay out of the sun especially during noon. You can go out in the evening for a walk or stroll, but avoid going out during the day. Stay indoors and let your baby cool down.
Light Clothing: Along with the heat if your baby is overdressed, then it might lead to much more discomfort and irritability. It is advisable to dress them in light, soft and loose clothing preferably of cotton material.
The natural fibers let the skin breathe and the loose clothing provides ventilation. Avoid dressing your baby in synthetic clothing. If it is too hot, then you can just put a diaper for your baby.
• Avoid going out between 10 am to 5 pm, as the heat is at its peak. Plan all your fun activities in the evening or early morning. You can go out for a stroll or play games outside. If for some reason you have to go out during the day, then take extra precautions.
• You can put a broad-brimmed hat on your baby’s head and dress them in comfortable clothing. And the body parts, which cannot be covered with clothes, you can use a sunscreen to protect their soft mild skin from getting burned. If your baby is under 6 months, then it is advisable to not use any sunscreen, but if you do so use it occasionally.
• During summers babies dehydrate easily and feed more. Breastfeed your baby more often. The frequency of feeding might increase, but it might be for a short duration. The intake of fluids is very important. Breast milk is more effective in quenching your baby’s thirst. Avoid giving water to babies under 6 months.
• If your baby has started eating solid food, then you can include cereals like ragi, pearl millet and other seasonal fruits complementing breast milk or formula milk.
• You can give your baby regular baths with lukewarm water. Avoid using cold water no matter how much hot it is. Regular sponge baths also help in cooling down your baby.
• Make your baby sleep in the coolest part of the house, away from direct sunlight. You can hang wet towels or cloths to cool the air in the room. Put them to bed in their diaper, instead of dressing them fully. Use cotton sheets to absorb perspiration and prevent heat rash.
• Don’t leave your baby in the car, even for some time. Cars tend to heat up quickly and can be harmful to your baby. You can also use heatproof car seats for further protection from the heat.
• Monitor and watch your baby and search for signs of heat exhaustion. It could be excessive sweat or dry skin, urine loss, vomiting, and even heat rash. Increase their intake of fluids and wait for a day. If still, things don’t work out, then call your pediatrician immediately.
Summer no longer means carefree days, especially for a newborn and a new mom. But you don’t have to worry much. Just keep your baby away from direct sunlight, keep them cool and wait for summers to pass.