Your Ultimate Guide to Keeping Your Children Safe from the Heat this Summer

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Okay, so when the topic of Summer comes to mind, I used to think bikinis, margaritas, time by the pool, getting my tan on and basically a whole lot of time in the sun!

But now, things have changed. This is my first summer as a mom and what are my first thoughts?

How do I prevent a burnt baby!? What outdoor activities are okay? How long can she stay outside during the day? How do I protect her if we are outside all day? Ahhhh!!!

Oh the joys of being a first time mom! Am I right?

So, I’m a Google addict. If I have a question about anything my first instinct is to simply “Google it.”

Now, I’m putting my addiction to good use and sharing with you everything that I’ve learned for a sunburn-free and fun with baby, summer. (And experienced mom’s, please comment if you know of additional tips).

The effects of heat on babies

Babies (and older kids) are not as adaptable to temperature change as adults. This puts them at a higher risk of overheating or developing a heat related illness. Babies and young children do not have the ability to tell you when they are dehydrated, so always be sure to keep babies fed and small children hydrated. On average, 38 children die each year from a heatstroke. That is, one every nine days.

How to prevent a heat-related illness

Always wear sunscreen and reapply often

Since babies under 6 months have delicate skin, seek shade first. But for times when that is just impossible, the American Academy of Pediatrics now says that it’s okay to apply a minimal amount to babies’ exposed skin including the face.

Limit time in direct sun

Limit your time in the direct sun when the suns UV rays are likely to be highest. This would be from 10am until about 4pm.

Wear lightweight and light colored clothes

Be careful not to over dress your baby but also, be careful not to leave their skin overly exposed. A white t-shirt onesie should be fine. For added protection, if your baby has little to no hair, have them wear a wide brimmed hat.

Feed babies and hydrate kids more frequently

Breastfeed or bottle feed your baby more frequently in the heat to stay hydrated. Give plenty of water to babies above 6 months and children. Since babies can’t tell you out loud that they are feeling dehydrated, this is essential.

Never leave your child in a parked car

This should really go without saying, but never leave your child in the parked car, even for a short time. Even at 70 degrees outside, temperatures can rise to over 100 degrees inside the car.

Symptoms of a heat-related illness

High body temperature

Hot, red, dry, or damp skin

Fast, strong pulse

Headache

Dizziness

Nausea

Confusion

Losing consciousness

Just check out this info graphic from the CDC:

Heat related illnesses info graphic

Products that could keep your child cool this summer

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Sunscreen make sure the one you use is labeled “broad spectrum.” This means it will block out UVA (skin damaging) and UVB (sun burn) rays.

Sunglasses

Hat make sure it has a wide brim, to keep sun off of the face. You can even get one with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) 50 to really help protect your baby.

Stroller shade these are handy when traveling with your baby. They double as a mosquito net and will keep out UV rays.

Sun blanket

Beach tent sun shelter

Car window shade Like this 2 pack retractable set that changes colors to tell you if the car is too hot.

Stroller fan

Breastmilk and Bottle Storage Cooler Like this one that fits most 8 ounce bottles with an air tight storage to keep bottles cold for hours.

I hope this helps you in keeping your child cool and safe this summer. Do you have any super fun summer plans for you and your baby this summer? Please comment them below for a chance to be featured in a future post.

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