New parents are often bombarded with so much contradictory and complicated, and often unsolicited advice, it can be difficult to know what to trust. But whatever the situation, it is often usually best to trust your instincts.
But the arrival of the summer months can be uncomfortable for toddlers and babies. Dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke and sunburn can make infants and younger children ill during hot weather, so it’s vital to keep your child’s room cool day and night so your baby can get the sleep they need.
Here’s some advice to help protect your baby.
1. Always keep hydrated
It is the same for children as it is with adults, keeping hydrated is vital. While breastfed infants may not need any extra water until they have started on solid food, bottle-fed babies can be provided with a little extra hydration, although that should be kept to a minimum.
Breastmilk or formula should be a toddler’s main source of fluids during their first 12 months, but older babies may enjoy a little diluted juice as well.
2. Have faith in your instincts
Some signs can be quite apparent, so watch for your child’s skin getting hot or sweaty. Check by feeling their chest or the back of their neck. The hands and feet will always be cooler than the rest of the body. If they’re hot, remove some layers of clothing, or dab them with a cool damp cloth.
3. Avoid the sun
Newborns up to six-months-old have yet to produce melanin in the skin. This is the pigment that darkens our skin, hair and eyes, to provide defence against the sun. This means that babies should particularly be kept out of any direct sunlight. All children should limit their exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Keep these tips in mind, and you and your family can safely enjoy the fine summer weather. If you are looking for nurseries in Manchester city centre, contact us today!