As temperatures rise, even the best of us can succumb to the heat. Young bubs can't always regulate their temperature effectively though, and they don't have the ability to change themselves or their environment to be more comfortable, so as parents, we need to watch our little ones and help them stay cool when they start showing signs of overheating.
Why is safety an issue with keeping my baby cool?
Babies are far more sensitive to external stressors than adults. One of these is the sensitivity babies have to temperature changes – babies simply don’t have the same capabilities as adults to regulate their body temperature.
Not only do babies lose body heat rapidly in the cold, but they can also overheat just as fast. This shouldn’t be a cause for worry or concern, rather something to keep mindful of in extremes of temperature – especially heat.
What should I avoid?
What can I do?
Use a cool mist humidifier to disperse moisture into the air. To reduce the risk of moisture build-up and mould growth, make sure to use it in a well-ventilated space (or a room with at least two openings) and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
When everyone is hot and bothered, tempers can start to fray, and you might find your little one getting irritable and grumpy. Be prepared for the temperatures to rise and have your plan of action ready to go.
Heading outdoors? Make sure to check out our article on sun safety for babies.
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