In the past few weeks, we have been experiencing terrible heat. As a full grown adult, I find it very hard to cope, but I can’t help wondering how the children are coping. It must be really tough for them. We can’t keep our babies indoors all the time no matter how much we wish we could. We still have to step out for one thing or the other and then the children get exposed to the burning heat. In such circumstances, it is important to keep your baby safe in the heat.
Why you need to keep your baby safe in the heat
When the temperature is really hot (as it is at the moment), it can cause a number of health hazards for the child some of which include: dehydration, sunburn, skin cancer, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. These health conditions can often be fatal or have long term effects.
How to keep your baby safe in the heat
The first step is to keep your child out of the heat as often as possible. Where this is not possible, you need to take some precautionary measures. Here are a few things you can do to keep your baby safe in the heat.
1. Drink lots of water: During this period, children often get easily dehydrated. I made a rule in my house to ensure that as often as they ask, children have constant access to drinking water. Even if they ask every other minute, give them water. The key is to keep them hydrated.
2. Wear light clothing: Dress them in clothes that are light and thin, preferably cotton materials. Also, make sure that they put on the barest minimum that they can get away with. This is a good season for shorts and sleeveless tops.
3. Use Creams with Sun Protection: Most of us do not take this seriously, probably because we think that our dark skin does not need sun protection, but actually it does. When you buy the cream that your children will use, check to ensure that it has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. If you prefer to go natural, use shea butter.
4. Get them a paddling pool: That cool little inflatable device is just perfect for this weather. When the children are at home, fill it with water and some water toys and let them play in it.
5. Do not leave your child unattended in the car: This style of strapping a child to a car seat and leaving him inside while you speak to someone outside will not work this period. You will be amazed how quickly a car can heat up in just 10 minutes.
Do not take this heat for granted, particularly with babies. Because they can’t speak and say what is bothering them you need to be proactive for their protection. It is possible to keep your baby safe in the heat.