It’s that time of year again when you dig out your bathing suits and sunscreen. However, when it comes to babies, there are some extra precautions you need to take in the summer. Here are some basic things you need to know about summer safety and babies.
Sunscreen – Babies who are younger than 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight. Sunscreen should not be used on babies younger than 6 months of age either. For babies older than 6 months, you should avoid direct sun exposure between the hours of 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, peak hours for sun. Also, you can use sunscreen but only apply it lightly.
Swimming pools – If you plan on taking your little one for a dip in the swimming pool, there are a couple of things you should know first. You want to limit the time you spend in pools that contain a great deal of chemicals, especially indoor pools. Pools with a lot of chemicals can harm your baby’s sensitive skin when exposed for long periods of time. Also, since babies tend to get cold rather quickly, you should only take them in a pool that is heated.
Hydration – Everyone needs to stay properly hydrated in the summer, but this is especially true for babies. If you are still nursing your baby or they are drinking formula, these need to be increased in the summer. Also, provide them with sips of water or all-natural fruit juice to ensure they stay hydrated.
Bug spray – Babies can’t shoo away mosquitos like adults can, so it is important that they wear DEET-free bug spray when outdoors in summer. You don’t want to directly apply the bug spray to their skin, but lightly spray it on their clothing. Bug spray will also prevent things like ant bites and bee stings as well.