Sunshine

Five ways to cope in hot weather

1) Avoid the sun

Babies less than six months old should be kept out of direct sunlight. That’s because their skin contains too little melanin, which helps protect you from the sun. Keep older babies indoors during hottest part of the day from 11am to 3pm. But don’t shield your baby with a towel when they sleep in their buggy. It might keep them cool but it can restrict airflow.

 

2) Wear sunscreen

Sounds obvious, but a minimum of factor 15 and a hat

 

 

3) Stop dehydration

If you’re breastfeeding your baby, you don’t need to give them water as well as breast milk. However, they may want to breastfeed more than usual.  If you’re bottle feeding, as well as their usual milk feeds, you can give your baby cooled boiled water throughout the day.

 

4) Get a paddling pool

It is a great way to keep them cool while entertaining your little one at the same time. Otherwise, a cool bath can work wonders.

 

5) Keep their room cool

The recommended temperature is between 16 and 20 degrees. If your child’s room is hotter, keep blinds and curtains drawn throughout the day. Wrap ice in a tea-towel and put it in front of a fan. And banish the duvet, a sheet will be better.

 

 

 

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