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Error: This is required. Error: Not a valid value. Hot weather can be dangerous for babies because they are easily affected by the heat. They need to drink regularly, wear light clothing and be kept cool. If you think your baby is suffering from the heat — that is, they look unwell, are refusing to drink, have a lot fewer wet nappies than usual or are vomiting — see a doctor or call healthdirect to speak to a registered nurse on known as NURSE-ON-CALL in Victoria.
Keep your baby cool and protect them from the sun. The tips below will help keep your child happy and healthy in the heat:. If you need to travel by car in hot weather, try to make the trip in the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the early morning. Make sure your baby is in the shade in the car when you are travelling and keep the car cool using the air conditioner or opening the windows.
Remember to never leave a baby alone in a parked car. Even in mild weather cars can become very quickly too hot for babies. Many parents will cover the front of their baby's pram to protect them from the sun, unaware this can be very dangerous. By covering a pram, it can reduce or stop air from flowing around your baby and, like being in a hot car, the temperature can rise quickly and by quite a lot. It is important that you regularly check your baby when they are in a pram, particularly during hot weather. Prickly heat is an itchy rash of small, raised red spots that causes a stinging or prickling sensation on the skin.
Babies and children are also more at risk of getting prickly heat because their sweat glands are not fully developed. It is common in hot weather on parts of the skin that stay moist, such as in the nappy area or under the chin. Creams such as zinc and castor oil creams will protect the skin. The same creams that are used for protecting the nappy area can be used under the chin and on other areas that are prone to prickly heat.
Changing the baby's clothes more often and giving tepid baths can also help. Like adults, babies need to drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated. You know your baby is hydrated if there are 6 to 8 pale wet nappies a day. For the first 6 months when your baby is only on breast milk or formula , you shouldn't be giving them any water. But during hot weather, you may find your baby may want to feed more than usual but for shorter periods. Once they are on solids , you can give your baby small amounts of cooled boiled water throughout the day. Heatstroke occurs when the body can no longer cool itself and starts to overheat.
When the core temperature rises above 40 degrees, the cells inside the body begin to break down and important parts of the body stop working. If left untreated, it can lead to complications such as organ failure and brain damage and it can be fatal. If your baby or older child has any of s above, they need urgent treatment. Call triple zero to request an ambulance or immediately take your baby to an emergency department. While you're waiting for an ambulance to arrive, move them to a cool area as quickly as possible, remove excess clothing and try to cool them by fanning them.
You could also cool their skin with water by placing a damp flannel or sheet on them or spraying them gently. Keep trying to give them drinks unless they are unconscious and not able to swallow safely. The best drinks are those that are recommended for gastro. Do not add salt to any of the drinks. Learn more here about the development and quality assurance of healthdirect content. on Better Health Channel website. on ACT Health website. on SA Health website. Heat rash, prickly heat or miliaria looks like little red spots on the skin. It might appear if your child gets too hot.
on raisingchildren. on St John Ambulance Australia website. Miliaria is a group of skin conditions that arise from blockage of sweat ducts. There are three types of miliaria classified by the level of blockage of the sweat duct. on Australasian College of Dermatologists website. Dehydration is the loss of water and salts from the body. You are at particular risk of dehydration during hot weather. on myDr website.
Babies and mothers need special attention to ensure that they are comfortable and well hydrated when the weather turns hot. Here's how to keep your baby and yourself cool when breastfeeding in hot weather. on Australian Breastfeeding Association website. Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is not responsible for the content and advertising on the external website you are now entering.
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Sun safety Keep your baby cool and protect them from the sun. The tips below will help keep your child happy and healthy in the heat: Babies less than 6 months old should be kept out of direct sunlight. Their skin contains too little melanin, the pigment that provides some protection from the sun. Sunscreen is not recommended for babies less than 6 months of age — shade, clothing and hats are best.
Babies older than 6 months should also be kept out of the sun as much as possible, particularly in the summer when the sun is at its strongest. Apply sunscreen regularly, particularly if your baby is in and out of the sea or paddling pool. Cover your baby's body, arms and legs with clothing, and make sure you put a sunhat with a wide brim or a long flap at the back to protect their head and neck from the sun.
Keeping cool Follow the tips below to help keep your baby cool and safe during hot weather. Playing in a paddling pool is a good way of keeping babies cool. Keep the pool in the shade during very hot weather and supervise the babies carefully at all times. Never leave a baby in water alone, even for a few seconds. A lukewarm bath before bedtime is often beneficial. Keep nightwear and bedclothes to a minimum. If your baby kicks or pushes off the covers during the night, consider putting them in just a nappy with a single layer baby sleeping bag or a well-secured sheet that won't work loose and cover their face or get entangled during the night.
If you have an air-conditioner, make sure the room does not get too cold; setting the temperature to about 24 to 26 degrees Celsius is low enough. Travelling with a baby in hot weather If you need to travel by car in hot weather, try to make the trip in the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the early morning.
Don't cover your baby's pram Many parents will cover the front of their baby's pram to protect them from the sun, unaware this can be very dangerous. Prickly heat Prickly heat is an itchy rash of small, raised red spots that causes a stinging or prickling sensation on the skin. Avoid dehydration Like adults, babies need to drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated. Heatstroke Heatstroke occurs when the body can no longer cool itself and starts to overheat. Things to remember to prevent heatstroke Babies should be kept in a cool, shady place.
If they need to be outside, make sure their pram is in the shade cover their pram or pusher stroller with a damp cloth and dress them with cool clothing. Babies and young children should never be left alone in a parked car, even for a moment, and even when the car is in the shade. Babies are not able to tell you that they are thirsty, so it important that you give them extra drinks in hot weather.
If your baby starts to be floppy or more irritable, this could be a of heat stress and you need to give more drinks and take your baby to be checked by a doctor. Back To Top. Heat stress — preventing heatstroke - Better Health Channel betterhealth. Many Australians suffer mild to serious heat-related stress and illness every year.
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