Top Tips to Keep Baby Cool and Safe This Summer
Saturday, July 4th, 2015
This week, we are welcoming summer with 90-degree temperatures in the D.C. metro area. With hot temperatures, I begin to worry if my little ones are cool enough, have enough sunscreen on, and are staying hydrated. Since a baby's temperature-regulating systems are not fully developed, they sweat less than adults. When the summer temperatures increase, young children are not as efficient in keeping cool and are susceptible to hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is when the body temperature is abnormally high, causing heat exhaustion. If left untreated, a child will develop heat stroke, resulting in convulsions, stroke, and even death.
Top Tips to Keep Baby Cool and Safe This Summer:
1. When babies are too hot, they tend to sleep and often are hard to wake up. To keep your child from overheating, dress them in loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, such as cotton. When you cannot avoid the sun, cover as much of your baby's skin as you can and be sure to dress them in a wide-brimmed UV hat. At night, dress them in one more layer of clothing than you would wear.