How Does Hot Weather Affect my Baby or Child?

Hot weather can affect your baby or child because their bodies cannot adjust to changes to temperature as well as adults. Babies and children sweat less, reducing their bodies’ ability to cool down, and they generate more heat during exercise than adults. They are at risk of overheating and developing a heat-related illness. Heat can also make existing illnesses worse.

Drink Enough Fluids

*Babies and young children are not able to tell you that they are thirsty, so it is important to offer drinks or breastfeeds frequently.

*Breastfed and bottle-fed babies less than six months of age will need to be fed more often in hot weather. Water or other or other drinks are not needed unless recommended by a doctor.

*Babies over six months can be offered small amounts of cooled boiled water, after or between milk feeds.

*In hot weather, skin contact can be quite uncomfortable for a baby during feed times. You could try to use a towel, sheet or a nappy between yourself and the baby.

*A good indicator that a baby is getting enough fluids is if it has six to eight pale wet nappies in a 24 hour period.

*If you are breastfeeding your baby make sure you drink plenty of water.

*Offer young children water as their main drink throughout the day. Fruit juice, fruit based drinks and fizzy drinks are not recommended.

*Older children often forget to drink because they are busy playing. Encourage older child to drink regularly.

Keeping Cool

*Dress babies and children in light, loose clothing

       * Protect them from the sun with a broad-brimmed hat and sunscreen

Environment

*Choose the coolest room in the house, for sleeping. Do not leave a baby in a carriage to sleep. It can be very hot in a carriage.

* Cool your baby with damp clothes and place damp towels or sheet around bassinet to cool the air.

*Give your child a lukewarm bath (not cold water)

* If you have an air conditioner, make sure it is set not lower 24- 26 Celsius

* If our house is very hot, leave and go to an place that has air conditioning.

Outdoors

Keep your children indoors during the hottest part of the day.

Cars

DO not every leave your children or pets in a hot car !

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