Summer is a fun-filled time for you and your baby; there are festivals, parks, BBQ’s, swim parties, and so much more. But are you prepared to ensure your baby’s health and safety this summer? Here are 5 tips on common summer time baby safety concerns and how to prevent them:
1) Heat Stroke Prevention
Heat stroke is a very serious condition that happens when a baby/person becomes overheated. Babies are more vulnerable to heat stroke so you need to be very aware of the way they behave when it is especially hot outside.
Here are some of the common signs of heat stroke to watch out for in your baby:
- High temperature (103 degrees or higher)
- Hot skin
- Red skin
- Dry skin
- Fast pulse
You can prevent your baby from getting heat stroke by doing the following:
- Dress them in lightweight clothing and make sure they are wearing a hat.
- Keep them in the shade.
- Make sure the baby gets more liquids than normal on hot days.
- When it gets too hot outside keep the baby inside.
2) Sunburn Prevention
Sunburns can be extremely dangerous for babies, if your baby gets a sunburn and they are younger than 12 months they should go to the doctor.
Here is how you can treat and sooth sunburn if your baby/child does get one:
- Make sure the baby gets lots of fluids.
- Soak a washcloth in cool water, wring it out, and place it on the sunburn for about 10
- Give the baby a cool bath and you can add baking soda or an oatmeal-base for extra
- Pat to dry your baby’s skin, do not rub.
- Apply lotion or aloe vera gel (alcohol-free).
You can prevent sunburns by doing the following:
- Dress your baby in light clothing with sleeves, pants, and a hat.
- Apply baby sunscreen with a minimum of 50 SPF. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or more often if your child has been in the water.
- Keep the baby in the shade.
3) Water Safety
Here are some tips for keeping your baby/kids safe near the water:
- Wait till your baby can hold up their head before taking them swimming (Usually between 4 or 5 months).
- Know baby and child CPR.
- Make sure your baby wears a certified flotation device (water wings are considered a toy and may not keep your child afloat in an emergency).
- Check the rescue equipment and lifeguards at your public pool or lake before taking your baby/kids swimming.
4) Pool Safety
Pool safety is a little different from regular water safety, if you own a pool you need to be very aware of the safety precautions you should take with babies and children.
Here are some tips on pool safety:
- A pool should be surrounded by a fence that is at least four feet high.
- The fence around the pool should lock.
- You should have rescue equipment available right near the pool.
- Remove toys from the pool after use so that babies and children are not tempted to reach after them.
- There should always be at least one person in the pool who knows CPR.
5) Traveling Safety
Traveling during the summer months can add a little extra danger to your travels. As long as you are aware and keep these safety tips in mind you can keep your baby safe in the car:
- Use an appropriate car seat for your baby’s age and weight.
- Never ride or drive in the car with your child in your lap.
- Give the car a bit of time to cool down before you place your child in the car seat.