As a new parent you will want to take baby safety precautions during stormy weather. Whether you’re facing the storm inside or you have to take your baby somewhere in the car during it, you’ll want to make sure to take safety measures. Here are a few tips to help you and your baby weather the weather safely.
Protection from Lightening
If lightning is nearby, you’ll want to avoid going outside with your baby or alone. A simple trick can tell you if lightning is too close to your location to venture outside. After you see the lightning, count the number of seconds that pass before you hear thunder. If less than 30 seconds pass before you hear thunder, the lightning is too close. If you and your infant are already outside when you see lightning, you should seek shelter in a safe building or enclosed vehicle. Don’t ride on a bicycle during a lightning storm since the metal conducts electricity. While inside, you should also avoid cordless phones and the bathtub, which is near metal pipes, until the storm passes.
You should check road conditions before taking your baby out in the car during a severe storm. If you’re already driving when the storm hits, slow your speed, and pay attention to road signs. Never try to drive through standing water, as you don’t know how deep it really is. Stay off closed roads, and watch out for debris in the road. If you must drive through water, drive slowly and steadily and tap your breaks to dry them once you’re out of the water.
Stocking Up On Essentials
Getting out to the store or pharmacy is often difficult during severe weather, which is why you’ll want to stock up on everything your baby needs before the storm hits. Buy extra diapers, formula, baby food, and medications for your infant.
Flashlights and Batteries
Caring for your baby in the dark may be difficult and potentially dangerous since you can’t see what they are doing. This is why you should keep flashlights and batteries around for when the power goes out during storms.
Your baby’s skin is tender and sensitive, and cold, dry air can irritate it. To protect your baby’s skin in winter weather, use a baby moisturizing cream and apply it liberally to dry areas. Using a humidifier can also minimize skin irritation from dry air. The American Academy of Paediatrics states that babies don’t need daily baths during their first year, and switching baths to just a few times a week helps improve dry, irritated skin.
You should avoid taking your baby out in very cold conditions, but if you must, dress them in one or two more layers than you wear. Bundling your baby up in over two extra layers is not a good idea since they can overheat. Make sure your baby can still breathe easily in the clothing.
Watching for Winter Health Concerns
Babies are vulnerable to several health issues during winter weather. These include nosebleeds, viruses, influenza, frostbite, and hypothermia. You should consult your baby’s doctor to discuss preventative measures and signs to look out for. Frostbite usually shows up as waxy, hard patches of white or greyish-yellow skin. For infant hypothermia, watch out for red, cold skin, decreased appetite, and low energy. Using a cold air humidifier in your baby’s room can help with nosebleeds.
If your area is at risk for or experiencing a severe storm, stay informed about conditions and advice for residents in your area. Make sure you have a battery-powered radio for when the power goes out.
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