Hot weather can be dangerous for babies because they are easily affected by the heat. They need to drink regularly, wear light clothing and be kept cool. The suitable temperature is about 36~37 degrees. When you wear your newborns a lot of clothing, they will cry, fuss and become irritable. Keep your baby cool and protect them from the sun. Babies and young children can’t cool themselves as well as adults so they’re more at risk of overheating and developing a heat-related illness. The tips below will help keep your child happy and healthy in the heat
- Babies’ skins less than six months are very weak. Their skin contains too little melanin, the pigment that provides some protection from the sun.
- Babies should be kept out of the sun as much as possible, particularly in the summer when the sun is at its strongest. If you go out when it’s hot, attach a parasol or sunshade to your pram or stroller to keep them out of direct sunlight.
- For babies older than six months, apply a high factor sunscreen to your baby’s skin. Many brands produce sunscreen specifically for babies and young children with a sun protection factor (SPF) as high as 30+. Apply sunscreen regularly, particularly if your baby is in and out of the sea or paddling pool.
- Always test the sunscreen on a small area of your baby’s skin to check for any skin reactions.
- Cover your baby’s body, arms and legs with clothing, and make sure you put a sunhat with a wide brim or a long flap at the back to protect their head and neck from the sun.
These are all signs that they are overheating.
- Turn red and look flushed
- Their skin may be hot to touch
- They may start to sweat.
- And on the extreme end, their breathing pattern may change, and they may start to breathe rapidly.
Therefore, It’s super important to watch your little one during the summer heat. Being too hot can make them cranky, irritable, upset and worst-case scenario, may even cause heat stroke. The best thing to do is to try and keep your baby comfortable during the summer time.
So, if you feel your baby is too hot, don’t hesitate to take off a few layers and look for ways to cool them down. If they do not cool down immediately and you start to worry, don’t panic, pick up the phone and call the professionals.
So how should you dress your newborn in the summer?
The best way to gauge how to dress your baby is to look at what you are wearing. If you are comfortable in some shorts and a t-shirt, then your baby will be comfortable in something similar. The key thing is to make sure your baby doesn’t overheat in the sunny weather. Unlike adults, these precious little humans need help regulating their body temperature. So, when the temperature rises the best thing to do is gauge with your own tolerance how to best dress them.
But here are some general guidelines you should try and follow
- Reduce the number of layers
- Keep baby shielded from the sun.
- Avoid The Midday Sun
- Choose Quality Fabrics
Focus on purchasing quality fabrics that are less likely to irritate your baby’s sensitive skin. Cotton is usually the recommended fabric because it allows the baby’s skin to breathe easily. When shopping take note of the tags and what the material of your baby’s clothing is made of.
- Choose Loose Clothing
It’s very unlikely that the temperature at night is going to the same as during the day. So you need to dress you little one in accordance to the temperature at night. For the night you have to balance the fine line between overheating and under dressing, which will leave your baby feeling cold.
That is some tips about how to dress newborns on hot weather. I hope they are useful for you.