Your baby is irreplaceable, and the heat of the summer can put your child at risk of heatstroke or even death. The especially hot days are definitely something to be concerned about, but don’t think that your baby is safe just because the weather is only moderately hot. Uncovered spaces and cars pose a risk even when the weather doesn’t seem that hot, so to help you be more aware of some of the most dangerous situations for babies, take a look at these tips.
Limit Outdoor Exposure
If you have a baby, plan on having ways to take them inside if you notice that they’re getting too hot. If you’re going to be outside, you should have a way of keeping them covered. An awning in the backyard will significantly reduce the amount of heat that your baby is exposed to. Also, be careful about taking your baby on picnics and trips to the beach. Unless there’s an air-conditioned room onboard, going on a boat with a baby isn’t the best idea, either.
Keep an Eye on Them at All Times
Heatstroke can happen quickly, so you need to be constantly checking on your child. It’s easy to put a baby in a stroller and let him or her nap, but outside isn’t a good place to let your baby sleep. On even moderately warm days, leaving your baby in the car can be fatal, too. The famous horror story of leaving a baby in the car is a lesson we should all take to heart. Have someone double check the backseat along with you to make sure that the baby isn’t left in the car.
Keep the Bedroom Cool
Babies sleep deeply when they’re warm, making them difficult to waken. You should keep the room cool when they’re sleeping to lessen the risk of SIDS. Closing the blinds helps keep the sun out during their daytime naps. You can even program your window coverings to open and close automatically by installing smart blinds in the nursery. Also, keep the door open to let cool air inside of your baby’s room if your HVAC system doesn’t distribute air evenly throughout the house or if you have a window unit in the living room.
Newborns and infants don’t have a fully developed cooling system, so it’s especially difficult for them to cool themselves when it’s hot. As a general rule, you should dress your baby in lightweight clothing and keep especially young ones out of the sun for extended periods of time. Following these tips will help you to keep your baby not only cool, but also safe during the hot summer days.