How to keep Newborn born babies cool during a heat wave
As the weather warms up for summer, finally, you might be wondering what you can do to keep your Newborn cool.
For us adults we can sip on iced coffee and walk around the house with a cool pack strapped to us with a wet towel wrapped around our heads. Oh, is that just me? Older babies can have a dip in the paddling pool and have frozen treats..
For Newborn baby’s the heat can be particularly dangerous and it is harder to think of safe, ideal ways to keep them cool.
Here are some ways you can keep your Newborn cool during the hotter months
1. Increase fluid intake
On extremely hot days babies may need up to 50% more fluids than usual. Increasing their fluid intake stops baby from becoming dehydrated. If you are breast feeding ensure you are increasing your fluid intake too.
The two main signs of dehydration in babies is less wet nappies (less that 6 in a day) and a dry mouth. If baby begins to show these signs give them milk straight away.
In regards to giving your baby water the NHS website says formula fed babies can have cool boiled water in very hot weather however-
“For babies under 6 months, you should not use water straight from the mains tap in the kitchen as it is not sterile. You will need to boil the tap water first and then let it cool down. Water for babies over 6 months doesn’t need to be boiled.”
2. Keep the room cool
Keep curtains/blinds closed so the sun cannot get in. You can do this in your living room if that is where you will be most of the day. As well as your living room, you can also do this where baby sleeps.
As heat rises, you might consider sleeping downstairs for a few nights when it is extremely hot. Our heat waves in the UK never last too long so it might be worth considering
3. Keep an eye on the temperature
Keep an eye on the temperate of the room your baby is in. Especially the room your baby will be sleeping in. Somewhere between 16-20 degrees celsius is the ideal room temperature for a sleeping baby.
Using a fan can also help to cool and circulate the air.
4. Limit clothing
As a general rule of thumb, a baby needs one more layer than we do. Therefore if you are not wearing pyjamas to bed then your baby will need a layer. A thin, cotton, short sleeve or no sleeved vest is ideal. If it is very hot then do not be afraid to have them just in their nappy. Keep an eye on the temperate of the room and of baby.
You can keep if baby is hot by checking baby’s chest or on the back of the neck. If their skin is hot and sweaty remove a layer of clothing, move rooms or cool them with a cool flannel.
5. Give baby a cool bath
A nice cool bath before bed (or during the day) is sure to cool your Newborn down in no time. Just be sure the water isn’t cold. A cool bath cools body temperature from the core as well as cooling the skin and washing away and stickiness.
6. Use cotton sheets
At bed time use cotton sheets for your baby. Cotton is the coolest material so a good choice for bedding during the warmer months.
Do not use blankets to cover baby. A cotton sheet secured safely so that it cannot cover baby’s face is best, if a covering is needed.
7. Cool compress
Patting baby down with a cool flannel can be really refreshing and cooling for baby- as well as older babies, children and adults!
Newborn babies cannot regulate their own body temperature so it is really important that we do this for them. Regularly check your baby’s temperature by checking the back of their neck or their chest. Remember than baby’s feet and hands are usually colder and this doesn’t necessary indicate that baby is cold
What about mum…
If you would like some fantastic tips on how to keep yourself cool during the warmer weather (particularly if you are pregnant) then check out this blog post. Vicki, over at Sunflower birthing has put together some great tips for us all to stay cool and refreshed!
Is there anything you have tried to keep you or your baby cool? Share them with me in the comments!
I hope you all enjoy the beautiful weather whilst we have it!
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