Mercury rises and your baby has not yet 1 year. Since it is very sensitive and vulnerable to heat, it will have to take all necessary measures so that it does not affect it.
In the house, the ideal temperature should be around 20-22 ° C. But when you live in a place where the temperature is allowed to exceed 35 ° C in hot weather, it becomes difficult. Learn about the different ways that baby will not suffer too much from this.
basic precautions to protect baby from heat
Protect baby heat Even if the child is small, he can feel the heat in the same way as their parents. The areas of the body where it affects the most are: the head, armpits, neck, back, the parts covered by the layer and legs folds. If there is clogging drainage canals of sweat, the child may suffer from rashes and redness that much scratch it.
Dress your child in lightweight clothing and light colored. Choose well the materials: cotton, for example, lets the skin breathe. On days when it’s really hot, keeping only the layer and that’s it. Make sure the child’s environment remains cool and the air flows . To choose between air conditioning and fan, prefer the second – from the time the airflow is not directed at him.
Never leave your child locked in a car, even for a short time. Carriages are also a trap because they contain a lot of heat. Give the baby several baths in the day, but only with soap and clean it well with warm water .
The body folds are covered with rashes? Place your child in a little covered area and in a well ventilated area. Water compresses relieve some itching. Creams and oils are not recommended. If the case is severe, doctors recommend the use of anti-inflammatory.
Air conditioning: a measured use
The more the baby will have a natural air, the better it will be. You must therefore exercise caution if you use air conditioning to cool the place where he sleeps: one that dries the technical environment; secondly, it can generate excessive cold. If you choose still, note the following:
– Turn the unit to cool the room when the baby is not there, then turn it off a few minutes before there back;
– Try to maintain an identical and constant temperature throughout the house. Sudden changes from one room to another can easily affect it;
– If the room seems too dry atmosphere, use a humidifier.
If you must go with the baby in public places using air conditioning , it will take extra precautions this air is generally very safe, and the chill can be immediate. Allow a small, lightweight clothing to protect it.
Not too much exposure to the sun for baby
The sun is one of the indispensable elements for life on our planet, but it is equally important to ensure good health for children . UV radiation causes chemical reactions at the skin, which stimulate the synthesis of vitamin D essential for growth. This is why, ideally, from a months babies should take a daily sun bath . obviously careful not to make him take the sun between 10am and 16h, where ultraviolet rays are the most aggressive and dangerous. Also, make sure that it always has a little hat when it comes out.
For prolonged exposure, over 10 minutes, the child needs specific creams for babies, a very high degree of protection (over 50). We will renew the application of the product after 3 hours of exposure.
You have abused the sun? Do drink plenty of water to your baby. Cool compresses also the relieve. But if he shows any discomfort, tell the doctor.
The risk of infant dehydration
Dreaded by mothers, especially dehydration occurs more readily that the child suffers from gastrointestinal problems.
With the heat, food deteriorates easily. Once ingested, they cause diarrhea and vomiting, which makes the child loses water and minerals. The best indicator of poor hydration is a very concentrated urine, dark or inadequate. In babies, when the tongue and gums lose moisture and the eyes remain dry, no shine, the child lowers his head, one is faced with a case of dehydration. Other symptoms which pay attention, drowsiness, apathy and headaches, even in severe cases, loss of consciousness.
If the child has diarrhea, make him swallow a lot of liquid, because the phenomenon of dehydration occurs when you lose more water than it receives. Especially no ice or soda: not only does not restore the needed minerals, but very sweet .
Protect the baby’s skin
Hot weather can promote the development of rashes, which will scratch and irritate the child; if the affected areas come into contact with bacteria, they can become infected and cause a disease (contagious) called impetigo. The treatment of this condition should be imperatively established by the pediatrician.
A good way to maintain the natural defenses of the skin is not too use soap. Of course, nothing prevents you to give several baths a day to the baby, but then you use the soap only once.
In these times of beach and pool, so delicate skin of your baby should be treated even better than usual before the first bathroom. Remember that sun exposure should be avoided between 10 am and 16 pm, when the harmful ultraviolet are the most intense. Always use a high sunscreen and iron in after swimming.
Paying attention to the freshness of food
Attention to food preservation should be even higher when the mercury panics and specifically in relation to milk, conducive to the emergence of bacteria. Avoid fats, fried foods and industrial products, as they can attack the stomach. Prefer them fresh food and abuse instead of fruits, vegetables, natural fruit juice and water: they are refreshing but also provide vitamins, minerals and many other features that protect the baby possible diseases.
Serve the child light meals from fruit, vegetables and cooked meats. No fried or cold meats, savory or spicy dishes; also no soups, or fatty cheese or butter. Avoid giving your child the food sold by street vendors: it can be long remained without refrigeration, or exposed to heat . Offer to water several times a day; if you are not at home, always choose a mineral water.
Your baby is vomiting or has diarrhea? Continue to breastfeed, bottle feed or regular meal, but also give her more fluids between meals. If the child is already pale, you must rehydrate immediately to a health center through a specific serum. The medical staff will tell you how to know when to give your child this serum. For babies breastfed, the serum should be given between feedings. For those who are bottle-fed or small pots, it will interrupt the meal for 4 to 6 hours, during which he will receive only the serum. After this time, we will return to a normal diet.
At the slightest sign of dehydration, take without waiting for your baby to a health center or a pharmacy.