Top tips for keeping your baby cool in hot weather

Top tips for keeping your baby cool in hot weather

If you live in Queensland, then you know just how hot it can get in summer.

Which is why we have pulled together these top tips on how to keep your baby cool in hot weather. 
 
Top tips for keeping your baby cool in hot weather 
 
  1. Babies that are exclusively breastfed do not require extra water. In hot weather, it is advisable to offer the breast as frequently as your baby demands as your milk will change consistency to ensure that your baby remains well hydrated. Your baby may just be after a short ‘drink’ rather than a full feed.
     
  2. Feed your baby in the coolest room in the house. You may even like to feed lying down (less body contact).
     
  3. Dress your baby in a singlet and nappy, or other loose clothing.
     
  4. Lukewarm baths can cool your baby down—do not use cold water.
     
  5. If you have an air-conditioner, set the temperature between 24 and 26 degrees Celsius. If you use a fan, do not aim it directly at your baby but rather let it just circulate the air.
     
  6. Avoid taking your baby outside if possible during very hot days. If you are outside, stay in the shade and be vigilant about skin protection.
     
  7. Never leave your baby unattended in a car.
If you are concerned about your health or that of your baby, please seek medical assistance.

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