Summer days have come and with them the warmer temperatures allow us to enjoy the simple pleasure nature brings.
After enduring a long winter, the summer hot days are here and we cannot wait to go for a walk in the warm weather. New parents are filled with excitement for the “first” experiences and the possibility to go out for the “first baby’s walk in the warm weather” is so tempting.
But something new parents must be aware is that newborns are not fully capable to regulate their body temperature when exposed to extreme weather, therefore it is important to be cautious when deciding to expose your newborn to hot or humid weather.
As adults we are, we endure an adaptation process when hot days are here. Some present more difficulty than others. When a newborn is exposed to hot weather, they tend to overheat they little body rapidly, forcing them to sweat less and perspire more. Most parents are unaware of these signs so we will name numerous signs you must pay attention to:
- Red, hot, and dry skin.
- Increased irritability.
- Tiredness or exhaustion with less capacity to breastfeed.
- Rapid breathing
- Intense thirst or dehydration.
- Dry mouth and eyes
- Dark or concentrated urine.
- Unresponsive, tired.
When referring to Sunstroke, It is important to always observe your baby. If any of the above-mentioned symptoms are present, it is important to CONSULT WITH YOUR DR!
How to treat sunstroke?
You may be able to give first aid treatment, but if your baby is presenting heat exhaustion, you must seek medical evaluation ASAP.
If the baby is responsive, you may be able to treat it by:
- Take the baby indoors in a cooler area.
- Remove all the clothing to allow rapid body cooling.
- Lower body temperature with cold compresses or a cool bath.
- Feed baby often and if the baby is tired, perhaps use the bottle to feed the baby.
- Do NOT leave the baby alone.
- Observe the baby’s breathing pattern.
If the baby is unresponsive or unconscious, you must go to the ER.
How to protect your baby from Sunstroke?
Room temperature must be around 22-24C
Feed baby on demand and often if weather or room is hotter than usual.
Avoid exposure to hot humid weather conditions.
Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 5 pm.
Avoid long periods of exposure to hot weather.
Adjust clothing to weather conditions.
When going out, must protect baby with loose clothing and a hat.
It is not recommended to use Sun scream in newborns under 6 mo.
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