Babies under six months should never be in direct sunlight and young children should be kept in the shade much as possible, especially between 11am and 3pm, these are the hottest parts of the day.
If you are using a pushchair, attach a parasol or sunshade to keep your little one out of direct sunlight and make sure toddlers and older children wear a sunhat, avoid fashion hats and opt for one with a wide brim or a long flap at the back, to protect their head and neck.
Apply 50 factor sunscreen and re-apply regularly, particularly if your child is in and out of the sea or a paddling pool.
Keep your little ones bedclothes to a minimum. If it is very warm babies can sleep in just a vest and nappy, or just a nappy with a thin sheet over them.
Your little one will sleep most comfortably when the room is between 16°C (61°F) and 20°C (68°F). But the best way to tell if your little one is too warm is to feel the back of his neck, tummy, or back underneath the clothing (babies’ hands and feet are usually cooler than the rest of their body). You can also use a nursery thermometer to monitor the room temperature
Babies, toddlers and young children are sensitive to even small amounts of fluid loss. Warmer weather causes the body to perspire more, leading to dehydration. Dehydration can be life threatening.
How to cool in the day
- Avoid synthetic fabrics that trap heat; opt for natural fibres like cotton or muslin looser the better
- Nappy-free time will really aid with cooling down
- Stay in the shaded areas
- Playing in a paddling pool is great for keeping little ones cool.. Keep it in the shade and supervise their play at all times. You can even dip your feet in!
- Use a mini fan if you are out and about
- Use cold, wet flannels, or give them a tepid bath or shower to cool their skin. Let them air dry rather than using towels
- Fluids are must! Plenty to drink!
How to keep cool at night
- Remove unnecessary bedding, use a flat sheet to cover over them or muslin sleeping bag
- If little one is still to hot they will be fine sleeping in a vest and nappy, or even just a nappy
- Open windows in several rooms to create a through breeze; please use safety catches
- A tepid bath, or sponge bath, before bed and let them air dry while lying on a towel so the evaporation of the water will cool their skin down
- Keep bedrooms cool throughout the day by closing blinds or curtains. Turn a room fan on before bedtime. A fan can be left on all night – but well out of reach and never pointed directly at the cot or bed
- Hanging wet towels over chairs or windows cools the air
- Remove waterproof under sheets or cover with several layers of cotton sheets to absorb perspiration