During a heat wave we only want to take a cool shower and stay inside with the shutters closed. For babies, high heat is also very difficult to bear and it is important to do everything possible to cool them down and ensure their comfort.
Babies, like the elderly, are particularly vulnerable to high heat. Fortunately, it is quite possible to put a number of things in place to make their daily lives easier and prevent dehydration.
Listen to your baby
Baby is not able to clearly express what he feels. It is therefore necessary to be particularly attentive to it during periods of high heat in order to detect signs of heat stroke, dehydration and even respiratory distress. Some babies seem to tolerate high temperatures better than others, being attentive to his behavior, his sleep, his appetite is therefore essential.
Watch that he wets his diapers as usual, a baby who urinates less or not at all should warn of possible dehydration. Also observe his behavior. Whether baby seems listless, drowsy, if breathing quickensif he has very sunken eyes, undereye bagsthese are also warning signs.
Heat wave: ensure baby is well hydrated
During a heat wave, the number one rule is to keep baby well hydrated and to offer him water very regularly, even if he does not ask for it. Nursing moms know it, when it’s really hot, babyé will ask for the breast much more often and it is absolutely necessary to respond to its requests. If the toddler does not claim on his own, his mother can offer him the breast regularly.
When baby is bottle-fed, you can offer a few sips ofcold water, but not ice cold, to baby (not frozen). Babies are however often quite reluctant to drink pure water, so on the recommendation of the pediatrician, preparations suitable for making unsweetened herbal teas with chamomile, verbena or orange blossom can be added (e.g.: Holle Baby Herbal Tea, Bébisol Petit’Soif, Nutribén Infusions Alivit). From 18 months, it is estimated that babies are able to demand water on their own and therefore drink on demand.
Heat wave: yes to the fan, but with caution
On the question of the ventilator, opinions are divided. If the fan can indeed mix the air and the dust, it can however be a precious ally during very hot weather. The ideal is to choose a model without blades to avoid accidents and not to place it facing the baby. To improve efficiency and humidify the atmosphere, you can place a bottle of ice water or a damp cloth in front of the fan. However, avoid leaving the fan running all night. If you have an air conditioner, be careful not to set the temperature too low. Not only could baby catch a cold, but there is also a risk of thermal shock when you go out with baby.
To refresh baby, a lukewarm bath
Just as it is no longer recommended today to give babies a cold bath when they have a fever, it must also be absolutely avoided during heat waves. To refresh baby without risk, giving two lukewarm baths or showers a day is ideal. The water must be two degrees cooler than body temperature to lower it slightly without causing thermal shock. The bath should not last more than 5 minutes. From one year, the use of the mist can also be a good option to refresh the child. For the little ones, applying a little water to the forehead or neck with a washcloth is preferable.
We limit outings and cool the house
When it is very hot, it is better to minimize outings with baby. There is no point in exposing it to scorching temperatures and sudden temperature changes in the car or in a store. It’s better to go out in the early morning or at the very end of the day when temperatures are more breathable. To keep the house as cool as possible, it is necessary to ventilate when it is less hot in order to renew the air. But as soon as the temperature rises, shutters and windows are closed until evening.
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