Thursday, June 28, 2012
Many of us are talking about the extreme heat and the toll it's taking on us.
But babies can't say how hot they feel. It's up to Mom and Dad to keep Baby cool.
Doctors say since babies don't perspire effectively, they can become overheated far more quickly than an adult.
Doctors say picking the right clothes is important. Loose-fitting, light weight garments are best. Dress the baby the way you're dressed. Some parents have a tendency to dress their little ones too warmly.
Use a summer-friendly baby carrier made of lightweight nylon rather than a heavy fabric.
Since a baby under six months has thin, delicate skin, doctors say try to keep her out of direct sunlight. If it's a must, make sure she wears sunscreen.
Also try to avoid begin outdoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and watch for heat-related symptoms.
Doctors say it's essential your little one stays hydrated. So, fill up a bottle or sippy cup with water and have it available for them at all times. And never leave your child in a car. Not even for a minute.