Learn how to keep your baby safe in the heat this summer.
During the hot summer months, it’s especially important to monitor your baby’s temperature and avoid heat exposure. Get started with these tips.
Use caution with infants and parked cars
Under no circumstances should you ever leave a baby or child in a parked car. Even if the windows are cracked or fully open, temperatures can quickly rise to levels that will cause severe disability or death in a matter of minutes. If you’re concerned that you may forget your child in the back seat, come up with ways to remind yourself and check in with your partner or other loved ones who are transporting your infant in the car.
Dress Baby in appropriate clothing
In hot weather, you may find yourself walking a fine line between keeping your baby’s skin out of the sun and keeping your baby dressed appropriately for the heat. Dress infants in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. If you use a baby carrier or sling, make sure your baby is not becoming overheated under heavy fabric.
Be aware of warning signs
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to be aware of the signs of dehydration. Warning signs include fussiness, redness, excessive crying and lack of urination. Feed your baby more frequently when your baby is warmer areas.
Avoid sunscreen and sun exposure
Sunscreen is not recommended for babies under six months of age. During this time, use shade from canopies or umbrellas or stay completely out of the sun. The midday hours are especially dangerous for newborns and their sensitive skin.
If your infant or child shows signs of dehydration, visit kid-friendly ER at Alliance. If you would like help finding a doctor, give our physician referral line a call at 1-855-5NHILLS.