Things To Remember
- Kids and infants become dehydrated a lot more quickly in humid conditions.
- Make sure your infant has enough liquids.
- If it is hot, make sure you dress your infant in cool clothes.
- Never ever leave your child unattended in a hot car, not even for a few seconds.
Symptoms Of Dehydration
Dehydration may pose a risk if child seems to be:
- Has got dark sunken eyes
- Is crying or seems irritable
- Having wet nappies fewer than usual
- Looking pale or skin is dry and hot
- Got Dry mouth and coated looking tongue
- Having a high body temperature
- Is vomiting or having diarrhea
- Is not drinking or eating
To Avoid Dehydration
- Provide frequent drinks
- Breastfeed baby more often and have frequent cool drinks yourself and at every feed.
- Give the child extra cool boiled water after every bottle feed session.
- Provide young children with frequent drinks during the day with water being the best option
During Hot Weather – Keeping Children Cool
General advice is to stay indoors during hot weather, although if unavoidable:
- Dress the children in light clothing with a well-fit sun hat.
- Carry plenty of liquid for the children
- Stay mostly in shade
- Make sure they have enough water – fruit juices are not recommended.
Do not ever leave children inside the car during hot weather:
It can be dangerous to leave a child on their own locked in a car, even if for a short period of time, mainly during hot weather when the temperature inside the car can quickly escalate to a much fatal level. Since children can easily lose their body fluid quickly and hence they are more prone to heat- related problems, leading to dehydration and heat stroke and eventually death.
In case if you are in need to use car during a hot weather:
- Ensure making a trip during cooler times of the day
- Use an air conditioner or make sure the windows are open when the car is in motion.
- Do not ever leave babies or young children under any circumstances or even in mild weather since the temperature inside the car can escalade quickly.
- Always use sun shades on the windows.
Tips To Remember
- Babies are more prone to overheat during hot weather.
- Provide children and babies with frequent drinks
- Dress them in light, loose clothing
- Make them sleep in the coolest room
- Never leave them in the car.
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