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Caring for your baby in hot weather

Preventing over-heating

Babies should be kept in a cool, shady place. If they need to be outside on a very hot day, cover their pram or pushchair with a damp towel or buggy accessories, such as the Mima Parasol

  • Point the buggy away from the sun when you are on the move, and make sure the buggy is in deep shade when stationary. The Ark Universal Bliss Canopy offers great protection against UVA and UVB rays. 
  • Dress babies lightly, but cover their arms and legs if they are outside.
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  •  Avoid travelling in the car in the heat, if possible. Babies can overheat very quickly in cars. Never leave a baby alone in a car, even if it is in the shade. Make sure your baby is shaded when travelling, as a baby’s skin can burn in sunlight which has passed through car windows. The Outlook Auto-shade offers maximum protection, blocking 99& of UVA & UVB rays.
  • Use only one fully breathable layer over the baby, to ensure maximum airflow. Our Izmi Baby Breeze Carrier is the perfect carrier, with its mesh panels offering increased ventilation. 
  • To establish a nap time while out in the sun, the Outlook Sleep-pod  universally fits on all car seats, carrycots, buggies etc.

Prickly heat

Prickly heat is a rash of tiny little red pin-head spots, with tiny blisters.

It is common in hot weather on parts of the skin that stay moist, such as in the nappy area or under the chin.

Creams such as zinc and cod-liver oil creams, or zinc and castor oil creams will protect the skin. The same creams that are used for protecting the nappy area can be used under the chin and on other areas that are prone to prickly heat.

Changing the baby’s clothes more often, and giving tepid baths can also help.

Dehydration

If babies do not get enough to drink, or if they lose a lot of fluid through sweating, diarrhoea or vomiting, they become dehydrated. 

Babies show that they are dehydrated by looking unwell; being more floppy or irritable than usual; losing weight; having dry skin and a sunken fontanelle (the soft spot on top of their head is lower than usual); by having fewer wet nappies than usual.

If you think your baby may be dehydrated, and is refusing to take liquids, it is important to have the baby checked by a doctor or health worker.

Heat stroke

Heat stroke occurs when too much body water is lost and their temperature starts to rise. It can, if severe, cause damage to the body organs and it can be fatal.

Signs of heat stroke in babies, children and adults, include:

  • Rising body temperature
  • Smaller amounts of urine passed than usual, and dark coloured urine
  • Increased thirst (but later, as the baby gets weaker, he or she may drink less)
  • Dry mouth and eyes
  • Headache, muscle cramps
  • Being sleepy or ‘floppy’
  • Confusion, shortness of breath and vomiting
  • Coma (not rousing when touched or called)

What to do

If your child has any of these signs, they need urgent treatment. Babies and children who are a little dehydrated may be able to recover with extra drinks. But by the time a child has signs of heat stroke, they will need treatment in a hospital or other health centre.

What to do while you are getting help for your baby:

  • Call for urgent help, such as an ambulance (dial 999), or take your baby to a hospital or health centre. The staff of an ambulance service will be able to start the treatment that is needed.
  • Cover your baby with cool damp cloths.
  • Keep trying to give your baby drinks unless your baby is unconscious and not able to swallow safely.

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