Most of us have dreamt of having a sweet angel. And god blessed us with the heavenly delight. Your day begins with the angel’s touch and you feel severe homesickness whenever you are out of home. You feel hurry after office work to return to your baby angel. A little touch with the small hands may bring you the most precious feelings of the world. Everything you deserve in a lifetime may fulfill with this little angel. But if your angel cries randomly, you feel sorry for her. And we’re almost to the doors of summer. So need to be more cautious so that your heaven might be more delighted. Summer is the tough season for kids and skin diseases are very common. So need to be the first doctor of your family so that you feel the urgency to bring your angel to the specialist. This special article may help you to take care of your infant.Than you may say-
Sent straight from heaven up above
Came an angel for me to love
To hold and rock and kiss good night
To wrap my arms around real tight
Looking after your baby in the heat of summer is not so different than caring for her in other seasons. There is however some things to keep in mind that will help your baby stay healthy and comfortable.
How often should I bathe my baby in summer?
Your baby is likely to sweat a lot in the heat. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to bathe her more often. But giving her more frequent baths, if she enjoys them, can be a good way to cool her down.
Don’t use cold water; use water that feels warm but not hot to your skin when you dip your elbow or the inside of your wrist in it. If you have a bath thermometer, the ideal bath temperature is believed to be 38 degrees C, which is almost the same as body temperature.
When bathing your baby, take special care to wash her neck, underarms and other visible folds in her skin and to dry them well afterwards. When your baby sweats a lot, the sweat glands can become trapped beneath the skin. This means that the skin can get irritated and develop a rash.
There is no harm in using oil to massage your baby in summer as long as you choose one that is suitable for your baby’s delicate skin, and that you wash it off well in her bath.
Oil that stays on the skin for a long time can block sweat pores, making it harder for the skin to “breathe” and increasing the likelihood of skin rashes such as prickly heat rash. If your baby has dry skin or eczema, apply a suitable baby moisturizing cream or lotion on her skin after the bath. Experts advise only using enough cream or lotion to leave a glisten on the skin.
Can I use talcum powder on my baby in summer?
You can use talcum powder on your baby as long as you apply it correctly. Dab it onto your hand away from your baby so that there is no chance of her inhaling any powder. Then apply it to the folds of your baby’s skin.
What kinds of clothes are best for my baby in summer?
Keep your baby cool and comfortable in loose fitting cotton clothing that lets her skin breathe. When it gets extremely hot some mothers leave their little ones in a vest or singlet through the day. Watch for signs that your baby is getting too hot. These signs include:
- Sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks, heat rash and rapid breathing.
To keep your baby comfortable as she lies down, place a cotton cloth under her first, especially if you are putting her down on a surface made from synthetic material that might trap heat in the skin and make your baby sweat more.
Have several cotton cloths handy so that you can change the cloth if your baby spits up or drools on it. Cover when necessary her pram, play mat, car seat or rocking chair. Cotton fabric tends to absorb sweat and keep a baby cooler than synthetic fibers. Some surfaces of baby equipment have absorbent fabric lining but others don’t.
How can I protect my baby from common illnesses during the summer?
Your baby’s immune system is developing. This makes her vulnerable to pick up infections easily. Luckily, your breast milk carries antibodies to your baby, helping her to fight off common germs and viruses.
Formula milk doesn’t contain any antibodies. So if you are formula feeding your baby, take extra precautions to ensure that you sterilize any equipment your baby puts in her mouth, or that you use in making her feeds or feeding her. If you are worried about your baby’s health at any time, speak to her doctor and make an appointment.Whether you are formula feeding or breastfeeding, the extreme heat in summer can make babies more prone to:
Prickly heat rash
A baby’s sweat glands are still developing and so they are more prone to a heat rash than adults. To protect your baby, ensure she is not dressed too warmly. It’s a common belief that newborns (and new mothers) need to stay warm. Overdressing your baby can cause a heat rash as her body will sweat more to keep her cool.
Young babies can get dehydrated very quickly, especially if you take her out of home in the heat. If you’re breast feeding, you don’t need to give your baby extra water in the summer to prevent dehydration. Just feed her every time she asks for it. Feeding more often will give your baby more of the watery fore milk that will keep her cool and hydrated.
Formula fed babies might need extra water in the peak of summer. Don’t dilute your baby’s feeds. When making her milk, always respect the recommended doses. However, you can offer her some boiled and cooled water in between feeds.
A heat stroke is caused by getting too hot. It is a serious condition that needs immediate attention. To prevent it, ensure your baby isn’t overdressed and that she’s getting enough fluids. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments of heat stroke.
Viral infections are common throughout the year and summer is no exception. Breastfeeding is the best way to support your baby’s immune system, but also try to keep people with flu like symptoms away from your baby. If anyone in the house has a viral, ask them to wash their hands with soap regularly and keep your baby away from them until their symptoms have cleared. If your baby does get ill, take her to the doctor. According to her weight, the doctor will prescribe the right dose of paracetamol that will help soothe her aches and help bring down her fever.