By Cassandra Spellman, paxetbaby.com.
Summer Safety for Your Baby I
love the summer, but having fun in the sun does present some dangers to your little one. Here are ways to keep your baby safe through the upcoming months! As always, it is best to discuss these concerns with your baby’s pediatrician.
Who doesn’t love the bright sunshine of a June afternoon? Sunshine is beautiful, but can be harmful, especially to a baby whose skin is thinner than that of an adult and is therefore more prone to sunburn. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends coverage as the best protection: dress your baby a light long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and a wide-brimmed hat. Move your baby under a shady tree, an umbrella, or stroller canopy. If possible, avoid being outdoors during the peak sun time (10 AM 4 PM).
your baby is less than six months old and the above precautions are unavailable, then a small amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF may be applied to the baby’s face and the back of his or her hands. Prior to doing this, make sure your baby has no reaction by first applying a small amount of sunscreen to a limited area. For babies over six months, sunscreen should definitely be used, even on cloudy days! 14 KidsFunPlaza | Tech Valley, NY |June 2011
Water Safety There is nothing like a refreshing swim on a summer day! Remember, however, to never leave your baby unattended by a body of water, including baby pools. Even those two or so inches of water pose a danger of drowning. If you decide to have your infant or baby “test the waters,” you or another adult should provide touch supervision: always keep your hands on your baby. Also, if your baby cannot lift his or her head to a 90 degree angle, then he or she isn’t ready to be in the water. One final note about water safety: if you take your baby with you for a boat ride, your baby should always wear a life preserver that fits properly (and you should as well, in order to keep yourself safe and to set a good example!).
Heat Safety Some summer days turn out to be real sizzlers and it’s important to make sure your baby isn’t overheating. Cars become very hot, very fast! Babies left in hot cars may quickly experience heat exhaustion, which may then lead to heat stroke. Don’t ever leave your baby in the car alone! Also, your baby may become extra thirsty in the heat, so be prepared to breastfeed more frequently or to take extra formula with you on your summer excursions!
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