Keep Your Sleeping Baby Cool In Hot Weather : Tips & Tricks
Created by Ambili S Kartha Updated on Oct 01, 2018
Summer is on the go. The increase in temperature can be a real worry for parents, especially of newborns and infants. It's imperative to keep your baby cool in the scorching heat. Keeping baby cool in the heat wave is not as easy as you think. Even though most of the parents try things to keep babies cool in hot weather, they overlook is to keep sleeping baby cool in hot weather. Continue reading to know more about keeping baby cool in hot weather, dealing newborn in hot weather, and more.
Why The Babies In Hot Weather Needs More Attention?Newborns are at risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) if they overheat. The chance of getting overheat is more during hot weather. Their body is not yet able to regulate the body temperature as the adults. Your baby will show the signs of getting overheat. Watch out for the following signs and take immediate measures to cool them as soon as you detect any of these warning signs.
- Moist head or neck (which are signs of sweating)
- The face is redder than usual
- Develops skin rashes
- Rapid breathing
- Reduced urination, both frequency, and quantity
How To Keep Sleeping Baby Cool In Hot Weather?Babies sleep soundly in a room where the temperature is regulated between 16-20C. However, during summer, for the parents who could not afford air-conditioned room for the baby, it might be difficult for them to keep the room temperature anywhere near that. How to keep babies cool in hot weather in such circumstances? How to keep the sleeping baby cool and comfortable so that he or she would have a good night's sleep? Well, here are some tips to keep sleeping baby cool:
Keep the baby's room coolIn every home, there will be a room which is cooler than the rest. Move your baby to that room temporarily during hot summer. Getting a room thermometer is a good idea as you don't have to guess the temperature you are dealing with. Here are some tips to keep the baby's room cool so that the baby sleeps well
BeddingProper bedding is also important when it comes to keeping your sleeping baby cool in hot weather.
- Consider removing any waterproof sheets from your baby's cot while the weather is hot, as this will hold heat and will make your baby sweat
- Use only cotton bed sheets. If your baby is wearing a nappy, he'll only need a light sheet as bedding
- If you have to use a waterproof sheet or a plastic under-sheet, make sure you cover it with a few layers of cotton sheets, so that, the baby's sweat will be absorbed and the direct contact of the waterproof sheet with the skin will be avoided
Dress the baby wisely:Every mother should know how to dress a newborn in hot weather, especially during the night. Even summer nights vary in temperature. The dressing of the baby should depend on how warm the weather is.
- During the sleeping time, dress your baby in light, loose, and comfortable cotton clothes. Ensure measures to keep mosquitos away from your baby
- Avoid full sleeved dress
- If you find out the synthetic waistband of a diaper makes the baby uncomfortable, you can use cotton nappies instead of disposable ones
- If the weather is too hot, you can make the baby sleep in his nappy
Give the baby a bedtime bath:Making bedtime bath a part of the sleeping ritual is a very good option to keep your sleeping baby cool in hot weather. Make sure it will be a quick bath. A cool flannel or cold compress dabbed gently on your baby also will help to cool and calm him.
What If My Baby Fell Asleep On Pram?If your baby falls asleep in his pram, you should watch him closely, as prams can soon become hot and airless. Usually, mothers tend to slip a large muslin or blanket over the front of the hood to block the light so that the baby could sleep. This is not good as the air will not be able to circulate inside the pram. This increase the temperature and this can have adverse consequences.
What Should All Be Taken Care If Your Baby's Room Is Air-Conditioned?Big temperature changes can adversely affect your little baby's health. Therefore, before taking him out of the air-conditioned bedroom, switch off the AC or cooler and let him adjust to the gradual warming room. Once the room is warmer, more or less equal to the outside atmosphere, you can take him out.
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