Caring for newborns during the summer
Summer is a season in which it is difficult to keep the baby safe and comfortable Wearing heavier clothes than it can cause heat rash, and exposure of the child to the sun may cause harmful sunburns or heat stroke that leads to a high temperature and rapid breathing.
Keep your child hydrated
The child loses a lot of fluids in the summer, even if you do not notice it in the form of sweat, and the loss of these fluids may lead to dehydration, which shows signs of redness in the face, rapid breathing, and insomnia. In order to replace the fluids lost in the child’s body, the number of feeding times must be increased, or the child should be given water if he is more than 6 months old.
Choose the right time to go out during the day
If you decide to go out with your baby during the day, stay away from the off-peak time, which runs from ten in the morning until two in the afternoon.
Choose the right clothes
Inside the home, the child should be dressed loose, lightweight, and preferably made of natural fibers such as cotton, which absorb sweat better than synthetic fabrics. A good rule for choosing the right clothes for your child is to be easy to put on and take off, and to suit the home’s indoor atmosphere. Outside the home, the infant should be dressed in light-colored trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, and a wide-brimmed hat to protect his face. This applies to non-sunny days, as harmful sunlight penetrates the clouds and harms your baby’s skin.
Use a baby carrier suitable for summer
Placing the child in a confined space, such as a baby carrier with movement and high air temperature; irritates and disturbs the child. Choose a carrier made of soft fabric, and take out your child immediately if you find that his face has started to turn red.
Moisturizers for the skin
If the baby is sweating profusely during hot and humid weather, small red spots may appear on the baby’s neck, thigh, in the folds of the skin on the back of the knees, or in the elbows folds, so your child will wear loose cotton clothes, with some moisturizer applied.
Provide good ventilation
A newborn does not sweat a lot, so he can become feverish much faster than an adult. That is why the infant should never be left in a hot room or parked car. Even a few minutes can cause it to overheat, and in extreme cases, it could threaten its life.
Droughts can infiltrate your child without anyone knowing. Watch your child’s urine production and any other signs of dehydration such as excessive sleepiness, dry lips, and mouth, and watch for tears when crying.
Keep your child away from mosquitoes or insects, as protection from common diseases is breastfeeding and healthy foods, and vaccinations are given at designated times.