I have been sitting thinking of something interesting to share with you, and I came up with sun care for babies. If your little one is like me they will be looking like a lobster in no time outside. (Even with sunscreen, I am red).
Why I thought I would mention this is that I had a problem with my 7-month-old son with the sun. We were travelling in Palm Springs and I had made sure that both kids were covered in sunscreen, had hats on and out of the sun. What I didn’t realize is that they still were going to be affected by the sun.
So when we came back from sight seeing, I thought let’s all cool off in the hotel pool. So we jumped in and I placed the baby in the water and usually he would laugh and splash, but he started to scream uncontrollably. He wouldn’t stop. So I took him out of the pool and back to the hotel room and he still wouldn’t stop screaming. This was not like him at all so I took him to the hospital and they said he had heatstroke. If you looked at him he had no color from the sun, he was hydrated (I thought) and looked absolutely normal.
Boy was I wrong. As a new mom I always was aware of the sunrays for a burn for my babies but didn’t think about the heat of the sun being a problem.
Doctors recommend that babies under the age of 6 months should stay out of the sun as much as possible, but we know that isn’t going to happen, so here are some things that you should remember every time you have your babies outside.
The sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm so make sure that your children play or are in the shade during this time. This is especially true as babies can quickly suffer from the short and long term damage of sunburn and heatstroke, so keeping your baby safe in the sun is crucial. Sunburn can cause pain, fever, and dehydration.
Things to do before you head out in the sun- Remember babies can get sun burns in the shade, so make sure you protect them with the other items below.
For babies and small children remember the tips of the ears, the back of the neck and the tops of their feet.
To avoid heat stroke –
A Couple of hints to make it easy to enjoy the sun with your little ones.
Have fun, keep safe and take lots of pictures so you have the memories forever.
About the blogger
Kim is the owner of Mia's moccs and the loving mother of 25-year old Alyssia and 22-year old Landon. She's also Mia's grandma!
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