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Health & Fitness How to keep your baby cool in the sun

16:35  19 june  2017
16:35  19 june  2017 Source:   theweek.co.uk

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Keeping babies and young children safe and comfortable when the mercury rises is a problem for many parents.

Excessive exposure to the sun can cause short-term misery in the form of painful sunburn, heat-induced lethargy and overheated tantrums, but it can also increase a child's risk of developing skin cancer in the future.

Babies under six months old are at even more risk - their levels of melanin, the pigment which gives the skin protection from UV rays, are still developing, meaning their skin burns very easily. Experts say they should be kept out of direct exposure to sunlight whenever possible.

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A hat will also help keep your baby cool when out in the sun . Choose one with a wide rim so that it protects his head, face and neck from the sun . Read our article for more options on how to keep your baby safe from mosquitoes .

When it’s very hot, you may need to take extra measures to keep your baby cool when he’s sleeping. Keep curtains drawn and blinds closed during the day to prevent the sun from heating up his room.

Even past the age of six months, children should be kept out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, when it is at its strongest.

Young children should also use higher levels of sunscreen to protect their sensitive skin. NHS England recommends adults and children use sunscreen of at least factor 15, but higher factor creams will offer even more protection. Specialist sunscreens aimed at babies and young children go up as high as factor 50.

Parents should also regularly reapply their children's sunscreen throughout the day when outside, especially if they've been in water, such as swimming in the sea or playing in a paddling pool.

Also, experts say to use sunscreen even on overcast summer days. According to the US-based Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80 per cent of UV rays can pass through clouds.

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Babies and young children should also wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing during the hot weather and cover their shoulders and back of the neck, which burn very easily. Sunhats will help protect their delicate heads, too.

As with adults and children of all ages, it is important to keep babies and young children hydrated. Parents should make sure they consume plenty of fluids, whether in the form of milk for infants or water or very diluted fruit juice for babies over six months.

Warning signs of dehydration in babies include drowsiness, dry mouth, dark and/or less frequent urine and faster breathing. The NHS has more information on symptoms and what to do if an infant becomes dehydrated.

At night, the most comfortable temperature for a baby's bedroom is between 16C and 20C. However, this can be difficult to achieve in the summer months, so here are a few tips for keeping babies and young children cool during hot summer nights:

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Follow these tips on how to keep your baby cool this summer. Fun days in the sun are a part of childhood, but it’s important to protect young, delicate skin from damaging UV rays. 1. Babies who are under 6 months old should be kept out of direct sunlight.

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A cool bath before bed Keeping bedroom curtains drawn and blinds down Running a fan or air conditioning unit Moving cot into a cooler room Keep nightclothes and bedding to a minimum Using cotton rather than synthetic material for clothing and bedding Cooling a cuddly toy or blanket in the fridge

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