Summer care for babies
Dress your baby right
Dress your baby in cool cotton clothes. Avoid synthetic clothes, as they trap heat and are very uncomfortable for your baby. They may even cause prickly heat rashes.
Choose long-sleeved, light clothes.
Get a sun hat for your baby. Make sure it has a wide rim, and that it fits well. It's best to avoid hats with elastic support which may constrict blood circulation.
Stay indoors during the peak heat hours (10am-5pm)
It is best to stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day. If you need to step out in the sun, ensure that your baby is well protected.Take him out for walks early in the morning or late in the evening. Remove any excess padding from the pram as they can get very hot. You can also place a cotton sheet in the pram. Lying on cotton will be less hot for your baby than on the synthetic covering of the pram.
Choose suitable nappies
Disposable nappies will keep your baby much warmer than cotton nappies. The synthetic band of the disposable nappy may give your baby a heat rash . Cotton cloth nappies may help to prevent heat and nappy rash. If you have to use disposable nappies, dress your baby accordingly and try to keep him in a cool environment.
Give your baby more liquids
Make sure your baby drinks more in the summer. You could try lassi, milk shakes, fresh fruit juices and coconut water. These are refreshing and nutritious.
If your baby is younger than six months, and if you are exclusively breastfeeding, you do not need to give him water, even in hot weather. Babies who breastfeed whenever they wish do not get dehydrated. In hot weather, your baby may want to have more frequent, shorter feeds. He will get enough liquid from your breastmilk.
These short feeds will give him more foremilk. This is thinner and more refreshing than the fat rich hindmilk. So let him have as many extra feeds as he wishes. If your baby is formula-fed, you could offer him some boiled, cooled water in hot weather.
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