How to Make Sure Your Baby Is Comfortable In the Summertime
If summer’s heat and dryness tend to affect your health, consider how your baby might respond to these potentially dangerous aspects of the season. Since your baby cannot explicitly articulate his distress or discomfort, it is critical that you plan ahead to keep them cool during the hot days of summer. The following suggestions can make summertime a comfortable time for your baby, and for more tips, contact Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks.
Restrict Outside Access
On a hot summer day, you might sweat more than usual as the body tries to maintain its internal temperature. However, your baby may not have the capacity to cool its body as well. For this reason, limit the time you spend outside or in buildings without air conditioning service. If you must take your baby outdoors while you run errands, schedule your trips during the early mornings or late evenings when temperatures are more moderate.
Increase Feeding Times
Have you noticed an increase in thirst during the summer? That’s because the body may be going through fluids more quickly as it attempts to stabilize its temperature. As a result, you might feel the need to drink more water and other hydrating beverages to compensate for the loss of fluids. So during the summer months, make sure that your baby has frequent feedings to maintain his fluid needs.
Keep Clothing Layers Light
Your choice of attire can greatly affect your level of comfort during the summer. Materials that allow air to penetrate and touch the skin can provide more cooling relief than those that catch warm air and keep it static. When you go outside, put your baby in cotton fabrics to keep them as cool as possible. If inside the house, your baby might not need more than a diaper to keep them comfortable during the day.
Let Los Robles Hospital help you prepare for the rigors of summer. Our Consult-A-Nurse representatives can recommend additional ways to ensure that you baby enjoys a safe and comfortable summer. Call (805) 497-2727 for immediate access to our knowledgeable staff.