Monday, July 21, 2014

Heat Safety Tips for Infants

"The Heat is On" has been our theme this month at Cloud 9.  Of course, that always seems to be the theme for summertime weather in Alabama.

We did a blog post a few weeks ago about keeping your little ones safe in the sun  But today we want to focus more specifically on heat safety, and the dangers of overheating.

Young infants, and newborns especially, don't have as many glands as adults, and they're not yet fully able to regulate their own body temperature.  Therefore, they are at an increased risk of overheating.  This is something I'm mindful of with Emma and Baby Sage.

Emma loves to play outside, but we have to make sure she plays safe.  We typically walk down to the park as a family in the evening just before dinner, letting her play when it's not the hottest time of the day.  I also make sure Emma always has water with her.  Of course, she usually gets too busy playing and I have to remind her to drink periodically.

Here are a few more heat safety tips to help keep your little one safe:

-A general rule of thumb is to dress your newborn in the same amount of clothing you're wearing, plus one layer.  If you cover your baby's car seat with a blanket or something else to transport due to rain, be sure to remove that as soon as you're inside.  It doesn't take long at all for little ones to get hot!

-If you're using a wearable carrier to transport your little one (which we totally recommend!), make sure to dress down a layer, and choose one that is breathable.  Your body heat will help keep your little one warm.

-Bedtime is one of the most important times to make sure your infant does not overheat.  Overheating in bed has been linked to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), so it's something I talk about a lot.

-An ideal temperature for your baby's nursery is between 68-72 degrees.  We swaddle Baby Sage (and did Emma, too), but if you choose not to swaddle, make sure you go for a sleep sack or warm sleeper - skip the loose blankets.  We carry a lot of these great products at Cloud 9.

Sometimes, no matter how many precautions you take, your newborn may still get too hot.  Be sure to watch for these signs of overheating, and if you see them, get him or her medical attention immediately:

  • Hot, dry skin
  • Very high fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Agitation
How do you keep your little ones from getting too hot?

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