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  • 3 Reasons Babies Need Extra Protection in Hot Weather

    A little sunshine goes a long way for your bundle of joy. Be careful not to overdo it.
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
3 Reasons Babies Need Extra Protection in Hot Weather
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  • Summer may be over in our part of the globe, but even in the wet season, the weather can be just as humid when it isn’t raining. The warm weather could take a toll on us adults, what more on babies who have sensitive skin?

    3 things to watch out for in hot weather

    “Babies have sensitive skin in general, so they can be more affected by the heat,” Kate Puttgen, M.D., director of the division of pediatric dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told Parents. Be cautious of the following threats to your baby’s skin whenever you take her out on a warm day.

    Prickly heat

    These red bumps are easy to spot: they usually appear where sweat gets trapped the most, like the neck, the inside of the elbow, or other parts where the skin folds. Not only are they itchy, they could get painful, too. Heat rashes are formed when sweat glands are blocked. To prevent this, make sure you do not cover up baby too much. Make him wear clothes that are made of light, breathable fabric (as appropriate), and check on him often when he’s in a stroller or seated in a cushioned seat.

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    Sunburn

    It’s a common practice to bring an infant outdoors for “paaraw,” since babies need a dose of Vitamin D. Remember though that early morning sun is best for this purpose. Avoid direct sunlight for babies under 6 months old, as their sensitive skin can burn easily. When bringing baby out, be ready with your umbrella, a well-fitted hat, or use sunscreen on your baby (experts prefer cover-ups over sunscreen lotion for this age). “In the early months, infants may be more likely to have an adverse skin reaction,” says Dr. Puttgen. If you must use sunscreen, choose the gentlest brand and reapply every two hours.

    Insect bites

    When the weather is warm, it is not only the sun that is your (and your baby’s) enemy. Insects are prolific when the weather is warm, and they are hosts to a number of illnesses. Mosquitoes, in particular, which inhabit tropical countries like ours, carry the dengue virus (now a national epidemic).Keep your baby’s arms and legs covered at all times when you’re outdoors with him, and apply an insect repellent with DEET. Insect repellents with 10 to 30 percent DEET concentration is safe for babies under 2 months old, according to an article on Parents. Use it sparingly, though. “When used more often than recommended, it can cause headaches, irritability, or nausea,” says Dr. Kara Shah, medical director of pediatric dermatology at Cincinnati Children’s.

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    If you notice anything unusual with your baby after exposure to the sun, like a blister, fever, or rashes, be sure to bring it to your pediatrician’s attention immediately. 

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