KARACHI: It is always fun, not to mention beneficial, to give your children some outdoor time but ensuring that they are safe from the sun is very important, say experts.
Not only are there plenty of germs outside, the little ones are easily susceptible to dehydration, sunburns or other-heat related issues that can ruin your summer. To make sure that does not happen, here are some tips for you to keep your children safe this summer. Happy parenting!
Apply sunscreen: We cannot stress this enough! Applying sunscreen on yourself and your children must before you guys step out. Your toddler’s skin is sensitive and needs attention, especially during the peak summer. A layer of protection against UVA, UVB and infrared rays on toddler’s skin is therefore, necessary. There are many products especially formulated for babies. Look for features like a broad spectrum, water resistant and easy to apply when purchasing the tube, reported Business Standard.
Sunglasses: Try to protect your baby’s eyes and skin from direct exposure to the sun. It is essential to make sure that the little tots wear sunglasses or at least a cap or a hat to shield their little eyes from all that light.
Protective clothing: Find wide-brimmed hats, full-sleeved clothes in comfortable, breathable fabrics.
Seek shade in extreme sunlight: Whenever the sun is at its peak and temperature is high, it’s good to keep babies in the shade to avoid sunburn. Or just wait till the worst time of the day passes to take them out.
Prickly heat: The most common skin problems an infant can catch will most likely be because of clogging of skin pores and the accumulation of sweat. These can be controlled by frequent application of lotions such as calamine or any moisturiser, especially on the skin folds, like necks, thighs, and the areas behind knees and elbows.
Sunburns: As we said earlier, any child over six months with sensitive skin needs proper sun protection, especially those with sensitive skin. Infants are recommended to stay indoors. Older kids (ages two to five) should have sunscreen applied at regular intervals and use of hats and shades should be encouraged.
Dehydration: While breastfed babies are safe due to their mother’s milk, infants who are formula-fed or have started consuming solid foods must be given extra water after it. To avoid dehydration, they can be fed summer fruits with high water content as well, like watermelon and oranges, at regular intervals.
Fevers: Fevers are most common in newborns during summer. Over-wrapping them should be avoided as they will get hot other. It’s best to cloth them loosely. When you notice a temperature rise, give them a bath.
Diarrhea: Loose motions in exclusively breastfed babies is uncommon but those who are fed food or water are more prone to stomach infections. If there is blood in stools, visit the doctor immediately as it might be dysentery and would need antibiotics.
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