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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Baby Summer Skin Care


With the weather we've been having lately, we're all anxious to get outside and soak up some sun rays!  However, when taking your baby outside there are several health precautions to be mindful of.  Babies have sensitive skin and are more pron to sunburns and skin irritation.  Below are some helpful tips that will help you and your baby to have a more enjoyable time outside:
  • Make sure that your baby is kept fully clothed when you step out of your house, and that no part of her skin is exposed to direct sunlight. Not only are the suns rays harmful because they cause sunburn.
  • If you do have to take your child out into the sun, you can try to avoid the period of time between 10 AM and 4 PM, because this is the period when the sun shines at its most brilliant, and also the time when the UV rays will be at their strongest.
  • You can try using stroller hoods for your baby or hats to keep your older child covered.
  • A constant irritant during the summer months is diaper rash. Never let the nappy area remain wet; always keep it dry, and use talcum powder liberally on the areas to keep baby smiling and happy.
  • Your baby is also prone to developing heat rashes on the folds of her skin during the summer months.  Making sure she wears fresh and cool clothing.
  • You can give your baby daily baths to keep her fresh and dry and rash free during the summer months.
Sunscreen
  • Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply every 2 hours, sooner if the child has been swimming. 
  • Opt for a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) or 30 or higher.
  • Make sure it's labeled "broad spectrum," which means it blocks both UVA and UVB sunlight. UVA rays cause sunburn. UVB rays are the main cause of wrinkles.
Not only is sun exposure important to be aware of, but also sleeping and eating habits.  One thing to be especially aware of is your babies hydration.  If you are breastfeeding, you do not need to worry about any additional supplements.  However, if your toddler has started eating solid foods and is not breastfeeding as frequent, it is important that your child is offered additional liquids and is able to stay hydrated.  One easy tip is to always have cool water in a sippy cup available for you child.

Another thing to consider as the temperatures start to rise is you babies sleeping habits.  Your baby may become fussy in the evenings or start waking up several times during the night, remember to keep an eye out for the temperature in the baby's room.  No one likes sleeping in a hot or stuffy room, try opening a window or turning on a small fan. 
By following these simple tips, you can keep your baby healthy and happy during these fun summer months!


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5 comments:

  1. in this weather, i often keep my baby in the room with air-condition. but this way always makes his skin too dry. if i only use fans, he still transpires so much. what must i do? :(

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  2. I’m gonna need these tips this summer darlin’… tnx a bunch

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  4. Thanks for sharing your tips. Its help me a lot for better care my baby in upcoming summer.

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