Safety Tips for Summer
~The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting sun exposure for babies younger than 6 months as much as possible between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun is strongest. Babies are less able to sweat which helps lower internal temperature.
~Expose baby to the outdoors in small amounts of time over 10-14 days. Protecting your baby’s delicate skin is important. It can take just 15 minutes for unprotected skin to be damaged by the sun.
~Be sure to check with your baby’s provider regarding the use of sunscreen.
STROLLERS & Sun protection
Be sure to have a sun canopy on the stroller. AVOID using a blanket (even ones made of breathable fabrics) to drape over stroller for head to toe sun protection! Your baby can get overheated from poor or no air circulation creating an oven like effect. Also, there is no visibility to see if your baby is in any distress when a blanket is shielding your baby from your view. Best to get a canopy extender for your stroller for better sun protection.
AVOID overdressing your baby on hot days. A light colored short sleeved onesie is best if the baby can be out of direct sun. A broad brimmed hat is good to protect your baby’s face and neck. If you cannot avoid sun exposure dress the baby in a lightweight but tight (not see through) weave (for best UV protection) long sleeve shirt and long pants.
SIGNS of OVERHEATING/DEHYDRATION
~Warm to the touch (warmer than how your baby’s typically warm belly feels)
~Extreme thirst – under 6 months breast milk or formula is all that is needed. If producing less than 6 wet diapers in a day offer the baby more feedings of breast milk or formula.
~Mouth appears dry & tacky
~Acting very tired or weak, showing general lack of energy & alertness
~NEVER leave your baby in the car for even a quick dash into a store! TAKE THE BABY with you.
~Car temperature can rise 20 degrees in 10 minutes. Babies' body temperature rises 5 x faster than an adult's. On a 60 degree day, a car can heat up to over 110 degrees.
~Leave your purse, briefcase or some item that you must have beside the baby’s car seat so you will never by accident forget the your baby in the car seat strapped to the back seat of the car.