10 tips to keep babies safe during a heat wave

The climate crisis makes extreme weather events more frequent and more severe.

Babies born in 2020 will live on average 2.6 times more drought2.8 times more river floods, almost three times more destroyed crops and twice as many fires compared to people born 60 years agoif the issues follow the original commitments in the Paris Agreement.

Here you are 10 tips and measures to prevent the well-being of girls and boys in periods of record temperatures.

1. Never leave children unattended in parked cars

Even in less dangerous temperatures, vehicles can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures. A child left in a car is one risk of serious heat-related illnesses or to die even if the windows are open.

2. Stay informed

Listen to local news and weather channels for health-related updates safety and weather conditions, including heat alarms and bulletins. Also pay attention to the instructions of the local authorities.

3. Light clothing and high sun protection

Choose light, clear and breathable fabrics, such as cotton, and a high-level sunscreen UVA and UVB protection to protect you and your baby from heat and potential skin damage from the sun. To limit sun exposure it is indicated use hats and umbrellas.

4. Drink plenty of fluids

Remember to drink plenty of fluids, regardless of the intensity of your activities. Check your baby’s diaper for concentrated or dark-colored urine, which may indicate dehydration. Fluids should be drunk before, during and after exposure to extreme heat. Also avoid hot meals as they can increase body heat.

5. Knowing how to identify heat-related illnesses

Learn about symptoms and signs of heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, exhaustion, cramps and severe sunburn. If children have these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. For a complete list of health conditions caused by exposure to extreme heat and how to remedy them, it’s good to contact your local health department.

6. Entertain the children

Children can become anxious or restless due to being indoors. Plan indoor activities and games. Playing in a kiddie pool is a great way to keep them cool.

7. Insure the children

Children may become frightened or stressed by heat influences, such as the sight of dead animals. Remember that children are inspired by their parents and carers, so try to stay calm answer their questions openly and sincere. It is also a good idea to regularly respect the bathing and sleeping times for children.

8. Seek shelter in cool places

Keep rooms cool during the day close the curtains, especially in the rooms most exposed to the sun. It is useful to use a fan to circulate the air in the room.

9. Get plenty of rest

Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or reprogrammed during the cooler hours of the day. Make sure the boys and girls get some breaks to rest during their activities.

10. Pay particular attention to children’s needs

Give the boy or girl one fresh bath before going to bed, minimize sleepwear, and if they kick off the covers at night, consider leaving them in just a diaper with a single, tight-fitting sheet that won’t come loose, won’t cover the face, and won’t get caught during the night. Boys and girls sleep more comfortably at a temperature between 16 and 20 ° C; a bedroom thermometer will help you monitor the temperature of their room.

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