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Keeping your baby safe in the sun☀️😎

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As temperatures rise, it’s important to ensure your baby stays cool and safe in the sun. Babies and young children can become ill during very hot weather, and their health can be seriously affected by dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and sunburn. Here are some essential tips for keeping your child happy and healthy in the heat.

Sun Safety

Keep Your Baby Cool and Protected

Babies less than 6 months old should be kept out of direct sunlight. Their skin contains too little melanin, the pigment that provides some protection from the sun. Older babies should also be kept out of the sun as much as possible, especially during the summer and between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest.

If you must go out when it’s hot:

Attach a parasol or sunshade to your baby’s pushchair.

Apply a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to your baby’s skin. Ensure the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Many brands produce sunscreen specifically for babies and young children to minimise skin irritation. Apply the sunscreen regularly, particularly if your child is in and out of water.

Make sure your child wears a sunhat with a wide brim or a long flap at the back to protect their head and neck.

Avoid Dehydration

Babies and young children need to drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated. Here’s how to ensure they stay hydrated at different ages:

From 0 to 6 Months

Fully breastfed babies do not need any water until they’ve started eating solid foods. During hot weather, they may want to breastfeed more often than usual. If you’re bottle feeding, you can give your baby a little cooled boiled water in addition to their usual milk feeds. If your baby wakes at night, they’ll probably want milk. If they’ve had their usual feeds, try offering cooled boiled water as well.

From Around 6 Months

Once you’ve started introducing solid foods, offer your baby sips of water from a cup or beaker with meals. Breastmilk or infant formula should remain their main drinks during the first year. In hot weather, you might need to offer additional water outside of mealtimes.

From 12 Months

Water, breast milk, or whole cow’s milk should be your baby’s main drinks. In hot weather, you can give them frozen lollies made from plain water or very diluted fruit juice to help keep them hydrated. Lollies made from diluted fruit juice should only be given at mealtimes to prevent tooth decay. For older children, plenty of fruit and salad can help maintain their fluid levels. Avoid giving undiluted fruit juice or smoothies to children under 5 years old to prevent tooth decay.

Keeping Cool

Follow these tips to help keep your children cool and safe during hot weather:

Playing in a paddling pool is a great way to keep babies and children cool. Keep the pool in the shade during very hot weather and supervise them at all times.

Run a cool bath for your child before bedtime.

Keep your child’s bedroom cool during the day by closing blinds or curtains. Use a fan to circulate the air in the room.

Minimise nightwear and bedclothes. If your baby kicks off the covers during the night, consider dressing them in just a nappy with a single well-secured sheet that won’t come loose and cover their face or become entangled.

A nursery thermometer can help you monitor the temperature of your baby’s room. The ideal room temperature for comfortable sleep is between 16°C and 20°C.

For more detailed information, visit the NHS website.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/baby/first-aid-and-safety/safety/safety-in-the-sun

Stay safe and enjoy the summer with your little ones!

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