3 Apr 2017 | 5 min Read
Nikita Banerjee Bhagat
Author | 4 Articles
Who doesn’t like to dress up their baby in those summer frocks and summer suits? Those soft, chubby arms and legs look so cute as we ready them for their summer wardrobe. But here’s a catch – for a little baby, every new season is a new learning, i.e. they will experience summer heat for the first time and therefore, we need to be extra careful with how we dress them and protect them from rashes, allergies, heat and sun at large!
So here are five important skin care tips to help keep your baby happy and healthy throughout summer:
1. Protection from sun
We all love to be outdoors with our babies but the sun is really harsh for their delicate skin and eyes. Hence, the best time to take the baby outdoors in summer is early morning until 10 AM or late afternoon, i.e. post 4:30 PM when the sun is ebbing.
Avoid the harsh afternoon sun and ensure that the baby is protected from direct sunlight. Use a pram that has a canopy that will act as a shade for the baby. You may also use a cloth to cover the pram but make sure there is enough room for proper ventilation.
When we think summer, water is the first ingredient that comes to one’s mind. For babies under 6 months of age, mother’s milk is sufficient. Babies older than 6 months should be given water only after it is boiled (even though you may use an aqua guard or RO). In summer, babies should drink at least 12 ounces of water to prevent dehydration.
Keeping them cool is equally important. Bathing them twice a day is recommended. However, you should keep a lookout for dehydration symptoms.
To ensure that your baby stays clean and also moisturised, give this regime a try:
3. Heat rashes
Heat rashes are common in babies and this increases in summer; lookout for tiny red bumps on the neck, arms and face of the baby. They can be itchy and make the baby uncomfortable, and cranky.
To ease them of these rashes, you can:
4. Protection from mosquitoes and bugs
Summer is when the bugs and other creepy-crawlies thrive. Mosquitoes become a menace too. Hence, mosquito and bug bites are common in this season.
To protect the baby’s skin from these problems:
5. Dress them in the right clothes
Baby clothes are a rage, i.e. parents and family, friends even – everyone wants to buy a baby new clothes all the time! But these clothes should be in sync with the baby’s skin requirements during summer.
Use these tips to keep your baby healthy and happy, and enjoy the vibrant, bright summers!
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