THE’summer may not be the best season for a toddler, due to the high temperatures, while he clearly prefers cooler weather. This is why, in these summer months, it is necessary redouble vigilance and precautions with babies so that they do not suffer from heat.
Heatwave: how to dress baby?
Jumpsuit, pants, dress… What a pleasure to dress your baby differently every day. But, during a heat wave, “the complete-change is already warm, warns Dr Jean Lalau Keraly. Must therefore avoid sticky clothes, and prefer light clothes, cotton, and loose. »We can, for example, make the toddler wear his diaper and a bodysuit, and when he begins to know how to sit put him a diaper and a shirt for a little boy, and a diaper and a little blouse for a little girl.
We must not leave a toddler just in diaper, because until 18 months his body is not yet able to adapt to temperature variations. So you have to watch her and not hesitate to him take his temperature.
“If it has 36 ° C, it is because it is not sufficiently covered and if it has 38 ° C, it is because it is too covered, says the pediatrician. The temperature of an infant is approximately 36.8 ° C – 37 ° C. “
Heatwave: how to help baby sleep well?
Various means are used to refresh her room and maintain a pleasant temperature in the room. “Think of close the shutters during the hottest hours of the day, advises Dr Lalau Keraly. You can also make a draft. Dressed in a light bodysuit or pajamas, it won’t catch a cold. ”
Is the fan a good idea?
Put one fan near her baby a good idea? “Not really, because the fan is going mixing air, germs and dust, especially if these blades have not been thoroughly cleaned. ”
The bath: a good way to refresh baby
To help keep it cooler during the day, we can bathe baby twice a day : once in the morning, once in the evening.
“A bath, two degrees below its temperature, or at 35 ° C, is enough to cool a little one”, specifies the pediatrician. You can leave it there between 5 and 10 minutes depending on its age.
The fogger: good or bad idea?
Adults find it very pleasant and effective to cool off with the help of a fogger on the face, on the neck, on the neckline. And the little one? “The use of the fogger is not recommended for newborns, warns the pediatrician, but it can be used from one year, if the little child appreciates it. »Otherwise, we can apply a cool water compress on the forehead or the back of the neck to refresh it during the day.
Baby hydration: plenty of water!
In the event of a heat wave, it is important that the little one is properly hydrate. There are several solutions for this.
“Mothers who breastfeed can put their baby more often at the breast, suggests the pediatrician. They must then think of drink more to have enough milk. We can also offer toddlers a mineral water supplement pure Volvic or Evian type, even, in periods of strong heat, a little more salty water or rehydration solution. “
And to know if baby is sufficiently hydrated, it is enough to check that his diaper is wet and his urine is clear and abundant. What if it doesn’t? ” From dark urine or a dry layer mean that the infant is not sufficiently hydrated, reminds the pediatrician. It is then necessary quickly refresh it, and give him a drink milk, water, or rehydration fluids. ”
Never a baby alone in the car
Every summer, babies die after having been left alone in a car, in full sun, the temperature of which can easily exceed 40 ° C.
“It is therefore useful to repeat that we never leave a baby or a child alone in a car, even a few minutes to go buy a baguette”, recalls the pediatrician.
the heatstroke can then happen very quickly. What are the symptoms ? “The little one is sleepy, apathetic, his general condition is altered, he can convulse, explains Dr Lalau Keraly. It is then necessary call the Samu. ”
In the meantime, we must undress the infant, him give to drink fresh water and refresh your body with a damp cloth.
No beach during hot hours
In period of heat wave, precautions are also to be taken at the beach. ” Better take the little one out before 10 a.m. in the morning and after 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. depending on the heat, recommends the pediatrician. Babies prefer the shade and coolness of a hot sand beach garden. ”
And when we take them out, we must not forget to protect them well: hat, sunglasses, parasol on the stroller and sunscreen.
By following these precautions, babies will have a great summer.
What are the rehydration solutions? One rehydration solution comes in powder form. It contains glucose and electrolytes which rehydrate the toddler when he has lost a lot of water. How to use it ? Dilute the sachet in 2 dl of mineral water and give it regularly to the little one. Once prepared, the solution will keep for 24 hours in the refrigerator. The rehydration solution can be given in a bottle or in a syringe. Rehydration solutions: Adiaril, Hydranova de Novalac, Physiosalt des lab. Gilbert, Picolite de Picot …