Keeping Your Baby Healthy This Summer

summer babySummer’s here and that means long, warm nights, bare feet, barbeques and fun outdoor family activities.  If you’re heading outdoors with your little one, it’s important to keep him healthy in the heat.

• Your baby’s skin is a lot more sensitive so slathering on the sun cream simply isn’t enough. Try and keep your baby indoors between 11am-3pm when the sun is at its strongest, and use physical barriers to block the sun from damaging his skin including car shades, long sleeved tops and shades for your stroller. Lastly, apply an SPF30+ sun cream.

• Avoid a squirmy baby at the pool by checking the temperature of the water. The water should be at least 30C for a baby older than 12 weeks and above 32C if he’s younger or smaller.

• Who doesn’t love a family barbeque in the sunshine? If you want your little one to join in with the barbeque food make sure you check the meat is cooked through and its juices run clear. If your baby eats raw meat, he could develop salmonella.

• Giving your little one plenty to drink on hot summer days is important to prevent him becoming dehydrated. If your baby has a dry nappy, dark urine or is lethargic you need to give him some fluids. If you are bottle feeding, you can also offer your little one some cool, boiled water too.

• Nothing spoils a family day out more than a bee sting. The warm weather brings with it plenty of bees and wasps and you might experience plenty lingering around at your picnic or barbeque. If your baby gets stung, you can scrape out the sting with the side of a credit card. Then wash the area with soap and water and use a cold compress to soothe the pain.

• Farms and petting zoos are a lot of fun this time of year, but it’s important to properly clean you and your little one’s hands.  It’s best to pack anti-bacterial gel and wipes in case a wash station is not provided.

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