Five Tips to Keep your Baby Cool During Hot Weather
In countries with a tropical climate like ours, keeping your baby cool, especially during hot summer days, can be quite a challenge. Here are some tried-and-tested tips to help keep your little one stay cool when the weather is hot.
It is summer in the Philippines, and everyone can feel it! Although we experience warm days all year round, summer is usually when temperatures reach their highest, thus daytime can cause discomfort to adults and babies alike.
In Timor Leste where we used to live, it seemed as if it was summer all year round! The years we spent with two little ones there have taught me that when it comes to keeping baby cool, one must keep the following pointers in mind:
1.Easy breezy as 1-2-3. Needless to say, when it is hot outdoors, the indoors provide temporary relief. However, being inside the house can also be quite uncomfortable if your home is stuffy and has poor ventilation. As much as possible, keep your baby in a well-ventilated place, like the living room or on a covered veranda.Opening several windows in the house to let the breeze blow is a practical idea. If you have an airconditioning unit in your home, switch it on and leave it for an hour or two, after which you could immediately turn on the electric fan to help circulate the cool air and keep the room cooler longer.
2.Hydrate. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one of the dangers of hot weather, especially for young children, is dehydration, which may lead to heat stroke if not given proper attention. Thus, it is important to always keep your baby hydrated. Babies should drink at least 50 percent more than usual during hot weather. Babies under 6 months should be nursed more frequently, or, if formula-fed, given extra formula. It is estimated that the normal fluid intake for infants is at least 2 ounces per pound per day. For babies 6 months and above, parents can supplement their fluid intake by supplementing formula with clean drinking water in a sippy cup or bottle. Breastfeeding moms should also increase their fluid intake to keep their milk supply up (Remember that carbonated drinks, coffee and tea do not count as proper fluids!). Don’t overdo it though (more than 12 glasses a day), as this may decrease your milk supply. If needed, give baby a bath twice in a day (or even more if it’s really, really hot!). If you have an inflatable pool, let your older babies splash around in it under your supervision.
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