What's the easiest way to get around on holiday?
By Jonathan Clarke
Babies are vulnerable to very high or very low temperatures and so in hot weather you'll need to take all the necessary steps to protect your baby from the sun. Failure to do so could lead to sunstroke or heat rash.
Dr Laurence Gerlis of samedaydoctor.com adds: "I generally advise parents against taking babies to very hot climates until they are two years old. In the meantime, it is important always to have drinks (watery, not milky) available and not to swaddle them in too many clothes. Babies overheat very quickly."
Babies are vulnerable to very high or very low temperatures and so in hot weather you'll need to take all the necessary steps to protect your baby from the sun.
The best method for avoiding the hot sun is to stay out of it as much as possible. Shield your baby from the most intense rays through clever use of parasols, shade from trees and sunscreens on buggies. By staying in the shade as much as possible, you'll cut down on the amount of UV rays your child is exposed to.
Dress your baby in thin layers of a breathable material like cotton. Avoid nylon as it'll just make your baby hotter. Make sure your baby is wearing a sun hat, preferably one that'll cover the back of the neck. You may also want to consider leaving your baby without any socks as a lot of heat is lost through the feet.
Ensure that any skin that's showing is protected with a high-factor sun cream and that you've plenty of cold water available. Babies can become dehydrated very quickly in hot weather, so a good supply of watery drinks is the best way to prevent this from happening. You may also find that your baby's appetite dips in hot weather but what they will enjoy are thirst-quenching foods like pear and melon. If you can, try to carry some fresh fruits with you while you're out and about.
Babies can become dehydrated very quickly in hot weather, so a good supply of watery drinks is the best way to prevent this from happening.
Keeping your baby cool in hot weather is really just about using your common sense. Avoid direct sunlight where possible and just remember that your baby has a lower tolerance for temperature than you do.