I am not sure if it is just me … but it seems to be alot hotter this summer. From what I have read from the BOM it looks like we have more days like this ahead so I thought it might be worthwhile having a look at what the experts believe is the best things to do during heat waves both for the kids and us …here is some information from the QLD Ambulance Service.
Babies and children are more susceptible to heat related illnesses than adults because their bodies cannot easily adapt to changing temperatures. Children have a lower capacity to sweat, which reduces their ability to lose body heat by evaporation. The younger the child, the quicker they will start to show signs of dehydration or heat stroke.
If a heat wave is predicted or happening…
- Give children plenty of water, before they become thirsty. Avoid the use of ice.
- Avoid giving children drinks that cause dehydration: carbonated drinks and those with high sugar content.
- Give bottle-fed babies cool boiled water between feeds.
- If you are breastfeeding, feed your baby more often and drink plenty of water yourself.
- Monitor urine output: If a baby’s nappies are dry for over three hours, they are dehydrated. Children should be going to the toilet regularly and their urine should be a clear to light straw colour.
Tip: Each morning, ﬁll a bottle with water for your child and ensure it is ﬁ nished by the end of the day.
Ensure children have appropriate protection
- Dress children in loose ﬁ tting, single layered, cotton clothing.
- Be aware of any pre-existing medical conditions, which may cause a child to be more heat sensitive.
- Avoid using talcum powder as it clogs the pores of the skin and can cause heat rash.
- Ensure you use a suitable sunshade on your baby’s stroller.
- Ensure children wear broad-brimmed hats and SPF 30+ sunscreen.
- Only use disposable nappies for emergencies and travelling as the plastic lining doesn’t allow a baby’s skin to breathe.
Tip: Keep children cool with extra baths in tepid water. Do not use ice cold water.
Monitor temperature and humidity levels
- Sick children need special attention in hot weather, even for minor illnesses such as colds or hay fever
- Keep children inside or in the shade during the hottest part of the day (10:00am to 3:00pm).
- Tip: Avoid direct sunlight on your baby’s skin for the ﬁrst 12 months.
Remember: Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Don’t take any chances! If you are concerned visit your doctor or call 000.