Humans are different from most animals. Take deer for example. Their offsprings start walking a few minutes after they are born and are able to manage on their own when they have reached one year. Humans process of becoming independent is much more protracted and as newborns we are still very undeveloped. We are all too weak to walk or sit, crawl or even turn around. Our vision is undeveloped, the skull bone is not fused together and we have no motor skills. Our ability to regulate our body temperature is far from being fully developed. The smaller we are the worse is our ability to regulate the body temperature.
Therefore, it’s important to be careful about how we dress our little ones. In the summer, babies can easily become too hot, they can get heat strokes and dehydrated. Here are some tips on how to avoid this from happening.
1. Having the child lying in a pram is good. There they can be shaded. Do not place the pram in direct sunlight, to avoid it getting too hot inside it. Use your hand to feel the temperature. Small children should never be in direct sunlight during the hottest hours of the day. If the pram is black or dark you can cover it with a light cloth so that it does not absorb as much heat. If you cover the pram with fabric, make sure there is an air inlet.
2. Breastfeed / or give your baby formula frequently. Little children, under three months, should not drink water. They need all the nutrition they can get. Babies that are three to six months old don’t need to drink water but they can taste if they want to. They can even taste juice and icecream or anything else you eat yourself if you feel like it. If your child does not want to breastfeed / drink, try putting him or her skin to skin on your chest. It may trigger the appetite.
3. Things to look out for:
At 20-25 degrees Celsius, a thin layer of cotton clothes is sufficient.
At 25-30 degrees Celsius, a short-sleeved body or just diaper under the thin sheet is enough.
When it’s really warm, woollen clothes can be good because they breathe. For example are children in Australia, where it can become really hot, often advised to wear woollen clothes.
4. If your child seems unusually tired, the skin is red and doesn’t want to drink or breastfeed, you should take the child to a cool, shaded place, preferably indoors and try to get it to drink/breastfeed.
5. Be careful about quickly taking your little child between strong temperature differences. For example from an air-conditioned room or a cooled car and out in the summer heat. This tip is mainly important where indoor rooms are often extremely cooled down and where the outside temperature can become very high. Quick and extreme temperature changes can be stressful for infants and their little hearts.
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