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Summer with your baby. Extra care against heat


Babies are much more sensitive to the sun, the heat caused by high temperatures, changes in family routines during the holidays, and drafts, among other things. Therefore, it is necessary to take into account a series of extra care when it comes to spend the summer with your baby.

Protect you from heat, keep you cool and hydrated and away from direct sun are some of the main recommendations to enjoy a safe summer with your baby. Let's go over each of these tips in more detail.

When it's very hot, the air conditioning It is the solution in many homes to withstand high temperatures. However, when we have a baby it is important to take a series of precautions to avoid exposing it to the jet of air directly, which is what we should never do.

Therefore, it is advisable to put the air conditioning a few minutes before the child is going to be in it. In this way we will be able to refresh the room, before bringing the baby. Once the little one is in the room, we can turn off the equipment or raise the temperature of the thermostat a little.

In summer, the room temperature rotate around 25 and 22 ºC. Keep in mind that babies are very sensitive to thermal variations. To keep the room temperature as cool as possible during the day, it is a good idea to open the windows first thing in the morning and late in the afternoon and ventilate for at least 15 minutes.

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Avoid placing your child in the current area while you have the windows open. Afterward, lower the shade a bit during the hottest hours of the sun to stay cool for longer. In this way, you will also be saving money, by reducing the time that the air conditioning is on.

Babies have the same wind chill as adults, except for newborns less than two to three weeks old, who still don't regulate body temperature well. Children feel more or less the same heat as adults and when the thermometer rises too high, to avoid sweating and their skin suffering from irritations and rashes from sweat, it is advisable refresh him with a damp sponge and, once dry, leave it naked for a while in a place free from drafts.

To sleep, it is enough to dress him in a cotton bodysuit and wrap him with a sheet. If his room receives direct sun in the afternoon and at bedtime the atmosphere is too suffocating, you can move his crib and take it to a cooler room.

To take the baby for a walk on hot summer days, it should be done first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun's rays are weaker and the thermal sensation less suffocating and more pleasant. This schedule is also the most recommended if you want to go to the beach or the pool with the baby (although experts recommend waiting until the child is 6 months or older).

On hotter days, it can be a relief to swap out baby carriers for, say, a car or car. Although these are very useful, direct contact between the baby and the adult who carries him may increase the sensation of heat from both. Therefore, you may decide to change, at least during the days when the temperatures are higher, the way you transport your baby.

Therefore, for hot days, choose the stroller or chair to walk with your baby and unfold the awning or umbrella to prevent the sun's rays from burning their delicate skin. In the chair, your baby will be fresher and freer than in the baby carrier.

And don't forget the lotions or sprays to scare off insects during your walk or excursions. It is important that your pediatrician recommends it so that it is compatible with your baby's skin and avoid applying it to your hands and feet because it could suck them.

Another option is to dress him in light-colored trousers and long sleeves and breathable fabrics, which are somewhat lighter and cover the entire body to protect it from bites. At home, a mosquito net adaptable to the crib or the use of electric insecticides can help you keep insects away from your baby.

When you go outside with your baby (be it summer or spring) remember monitor sun exposure. As indicated in the AEP (Spanish Association of Pediatrics) Practical Guide for Parents, solar radiation is even more dangerous for children, since skin burns can end up leading to future skin diseases.

Once again, we remind you that it is best to avoid going outside in the middle of the day. In this way we will avoid the suffocating heat, but also we will reduce sun exposure in the most dangerous hours.

It is recommended put the baby light clothing but that covers him as much as possible. And, of course, the head should always be covered with a cap or cap. In the case of older babies, you can wear sunglasses (as long as the lenses are of quality) that have a UVA and UVB filter.

Regarding the use of sun cream, should be avoided before 6 months (In fact, sun exposure at this stage should be very controlled). In younger babies, it is best not to put them in the sun more than necessary and to wear the appropriate clothing.

After 6 months, it is best to use sunscreens with physical or mineral filters. These help the sun's rays bounce off and do not affect the skin of children. Remember to reapply the cream to your baby every so often or after baths.

Now all that remains is:enjoy summer a lot with your baby!

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