How did your baby cope on our freakish hot October days?
It may have seemed strange to suddenly need to leave him in just a nappy and singlet!
Babies’ temperature-regulating systems aren’t fully developed; they have fewer sweat glands than adults, so they sweat less. As a result, they’re not as efficient as adults in keeping cool and are very susceptible to hyperthermia — an abnormally high body temperature so we need to monitor the environment.
Don’t go overboard with air conditioning (if you have it), a fan moving air is fine in most situations. On scorcher days local shopping centres, libraries and other public places are a mecca for mums!
Follow the tips below to help keep your children cool and safe during hot weather.
Keeping them cool
- Playing in a paddling pool is a good way of keeping babies and children cool. Keep the pool in the shade during very hot weather and supervise the children carefully at all times.
- Run them a cool bath before bedtime.
- Keep your child’s bedroom cool during the day by closing blinds or curtains. You can also use a fan to circulate the air in the room.
- Keep nightwear and bedclothes to a minimum. If your baby kicks or pushes off the covers during the night, consider putting them in just a nappy with a single well-secured sheet that will not work loose and cover their face or get entangled during the night.
- A nursery thermometer will help you monitor the temperature of your baby’s room. Your baby will sleep most comfortably when their room is between 16C and 20C.
- Ideally, in the day the room should be kept between 20°C to 22.°C
- It’s totally fine to let your baby sleep in just a nappy and light muslin swaddle.
An unexpected hot spot is inside the pusher or pram, outside on a hot day even in the shade so just check they are not too hot when you have been out for a while. On the other hand, you may have worked up a sweat walking pushing and rushing. She may be fine in the pusher but also get warmed up if rushing around the playground. In preparation, be sure to have extra water available for when he gets thirsty or some extra feeds on very hot days.
Remember the dangers of leaving baby or young children in the car even for a short time.
Hats, sunscreen, and shade !!