Summer can be a pretty harsh season. The scorching rays of the sun can take a toll on the health of all of us, dehydration and diarrhoea are common health problems. While adults are capable of taking care of themselves, the parents of new-born babies need to be extra careful to make sure that their kid is safe and sound.
It becomes difficult to take care of infants during summer as it is not only their first heat season but also their body movements and actions tend to remain the same round the year. Yet, signs like profuse sweating, excessive crying, damp hair, heat rashes and rapid breathing patterns are pretty good signs that the baby is feeling excessively heated.
Though there are a host of issues that new-born babies can be inflicted with during the summer season, summer diarrhoea remains the most common. But, mothers can heave a sigh of relief because we are here. Follow these tips to make the season comfortable for the baby.
Keep them away from direct sunlight.
This is the first precaution you need to take care to make sure that your baby is comfortable. Infants below six months don’t have enough melanin in their skin to protect them against the harmful rays of the sun. In the absence of this pigment, there can even be permanent to damage to the skin cells.
Bathing to the rescue
While it is recommended to go for a sponge bath rather than a full tub one, in the case that your baby is suffering from excessive heat, a full tub bath may yield better results. New-borns are quite sensitive towards temperature. So, the mothers should check that the temperature of the water is moderate with their elbows. You can opt for a tub bath at night just before sleeping so that your baby enjoys a night of sound sleep.
Oil body massage for growth
Proper oil massaging opens the tissues and enables the growth of your baby. While it should be done year-round, summers it becomes even more crucial during summers to check the temperature of the oil as well as the stickiness. The oil should be suitable for the sensitive skin to the baby. It should not be sticky as that can cause irritation and further heat rashes. You can also replace oil with a lotion. Yet, you should ensure that it is washed off during the bath. Otherwise, it can block the sweat pores and can cause terrible heat rashes.
Use talcum powder
The practice of using talcum powder soon after bathing your baby is commonly followed. However, its benefits depend on the skin type of your baby. While in some cases it might provide comfort, in others, it might further aggravate the situation. While applying talcum powder, you must always make sure that it is applied directly on the skin of the baby and is not inhaled by it. It would be a good idea to dab some of it on your hand first and then apply it directly on the skin of the baby.
Go for a controlled temperature.
Ideally, the temperature in your baby’s room should range anywhere between 16 to 20-degree Celsius. Draw the blinds during daylight hours to avoid heating the room. You can also keep the fan on to keep the room cool. Yet, avoid keeping it near an air conditioner as the baby might catch a cold.
Dress it right
It is a myth that the baby should be dressed up in a lot of layers to keep it warm as the temperature outside is colder than the temperature inside the womb. During summers, it is always advisable to keep your baby under light layers to avoid heating up. You can opt for loose-fitting cotton clothes to let the air flow freely. Cotton clothes absorb sweat and are more comfortable during summers. Moreover, make sure that your baby wears a stylish cap during outings to avoid heatstroke.
Ensure proper diet
If the baby is still breastfeeding, do so frequently to keep it hydrated. If not, the mother’s antibodies can no longer protect it, and it is wise to consult a doctor in this matter. If the baby has just started with solid food, you can boil it. Heat can rot milk pretty quickly so always keep powdered milk handy.
Hygienic water is crucial
If your baby is below six months of age, its immunity is likely to be less. Thus, you should go for boiled water. If not, the seal of packaged water should be checked properly to ensure that the water is hygienic and safe for the baby to drink.
Keep away from mosquitoes and bugs.
Just like everyone else, mosquitoes and bugs are irritating to your little one too. You can go for a bug spray. Just make sure that it is organic and is not harmful in any way whatsoever. The air coolers should also be cleaned regularly and thoroughly,
Prepare homemade juice and drinks.
Whenever you are going out, make sure that you are carrying homemade juice and drinks with you. With such a low immunity, you cannot be exposing your little one to outside food during summers. Moreover, most of the toddlers don’t drink enough water. In such a scenario, it is a good idea to keep its favourite juice handy to avoid dehydration.
Take all necessary equipment while going for swimming.
If you are taking your baby out to play in the pool, make sure that you are carrying all the necessities with you like sun-screen, reusable or disposable swimming nappies, a pretty hat and swimming trunks. You should also invest in a good pair of earplugs to ward off middle ear infections. Moreover, using UV ray blocking sunglasses is also ideal.
As discussed above, don’t forget to carry homemade juice and water to keep your baby hydrated at all times. Always keep an eye on your child when he is playing in the pool. Be aware of all the safety instructions.
The Bottom Line
Mothers know best when it comes to avoiding trouble in the lives of their beloved children. We hope that these tips help you in preparing better for the summers. If you have any queries or if you want to discuss any ideas that we haven’t mentioned here already, feel free to reach out.