Soaring temperature and the harsh heat can make this summer seem relentless. This will make a tough time for you and your baby. The summer heat can be dangerous for your baby as their skin is very delicate and can easily get affected by the heat. Newborns and toddlers are more prone to heat rashes on their skin. You can follow a few precautions that help you and your baby get through the summer healthily.
Common problems during the summer are
- Diarrhea, vomiting
- Prickly heat
- Insect bites
- Skin allergies and rashes
Hygiene and cleanliness
The summer heat increases perspiration, which might lead to skin infections or rashes. When you give bath to your baby, take special care to wash the baby’s neck, underarms, and other visible folds in her/his body. To keep the baby cool and clean you may increase the number of proper baths or sponge baths. For good hygiene you could wash the baby’s laundry in hot water with a mild disinfectant to get rid of germs. Frequently wipe hands if the baby keeps touching the face.
Keep your babies cool and comfortable clothing? Cotton and light loose-fitting clothes are good for the baby. Use a summer hat to protect her face when you step out of the house. To protect from mosquitoes keep your baby’s arms and legs covered with light clothes with breathable materials like cotton.
Keep them at bay from direct sunlight
Newborns should be exposed to morning sunlight for at least 30 minutes and avoid it in peak summer heat. Newborns and infants below six months have very little melanin in their skin to protect against harmful sun rays. Melanin is a pigment that gives skin, hair, and eyes their color, and provides some protection from the sun. Avoid going out with a newborn and older infants between 11 am to 3 pm when the sun is at its strongest.
Just like adults, babies and young children need plenty of water or fluids to avoid dehydration.
Breastfed babies do not require water until they have started solids. For older children, give plenty of fruits or fruit juices to help keep their fluid levels up.
Note: undiluted fruit juices or smoothies should not be given to children until they are 5 years old.
Oil body massage
Body massage is good for the baby’s growth. In summer you need to choose the oil which is not very sticky for the baby’s delicate skin. Thick oil tends to remain on the skin which later causes irritation or heat rashes to the baby. You need to be careful while washing off the oil during the bath as oil can block sweat pores which may cause prickly heat rash.