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Diarrhoea and dehydration in babies is very common during summer and if not taken care of at the right time, it can be fatal. Loud and non-stop crying, profuse sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks, heat rash and rapid breathing are a few signs that the baby is suffering because of the heat. Dr. Krishan Yadav, HOD & Consultant Neonatologist, Paras Bliss Hospital, Panchkula, shares some tips on how to keep your baby cool and comfortable in the summer.
Give her full tub bath--Bathing is the best solution to beat the heat. While most babies are sponged, if your baby becomes restless because of the heat, give it a full tub bath.
Cloth her in light clothes--Most mothers have a habit of dressing up their baby heavily as it is believed that the temperature outside the womb is lesser than that inside. But in summer, you need not dress up the babies in layers of clothes. Dress it up in light coloured and loose cotton clothes. This will allow her skin to breathe and the baby will be comfortable.
Choose the right talcum powder--While you might apply talcum power to keep your baby dry and comfortable, remember that while some powders help in soothing and reducing heat rashes, some can aggravate them too. Use the one that suits the baby and make sure the powder is applied on the body and the baby doesn't inhale it.
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Keep them away from direct sunlight--As a thumb rule, protect your babies from direct sunlight. Avoid going out in the harsh morning and afternoon sun. If you must go out, make sure the baby, especially its head, is covered completely with a soft cloth.
Keep them under controlled temperature--Your baby should be in a room with temperature ranging between 16 to 20 degrees. Pull the curtains and blinds in the baby's room during the day to keep it cool. Keep the fan on for the air to circulate in the room, but do not keep directly near the air conditioner as it can give the baby a cold.