(KUTV) Summertime means parents need to take a few extra precautions to keep their little ones safe and healthy. New mom, Carleigh Asaro had a few questions as she and her daughter Vivianna head into summer. Intermountain Medical Center’s Joanna Johnson stepped into help keep her baby cool, hydrated, and protected on even the warmest of days.
“When do you know it’s too hot, and I need to bring her inside?” asks Carleigh.
“It’s a good idea to stay out of the sun between 10 and 2 when the rays are the strongest. If it’s over 90 degrees try to avoid being out with your baby at all,” says Joanna Johnson, neonatal nurse practitioner at Intermountain Medical Center.
“I know you want to keep the sun off of her and use a blanket, but then you also want to keep her cool. How do you do both?” asks Carleigh.
Dressing babies in lightweight, cotton clothing with long sleeves and long pants keeps baby both cool and protected from the sun. Any skin that remains exposed needs sunscreen. A minimum of sunscreen with SPF 15 is necessary and needs to be reapplied frequently. This means every hour and a half to two hours.
“How do I keep my baby hydrated when it’s so hot?” asks Carleigh.
Since babies younger than 6 months can’t have water, they need about 50% more intake of breastmilk or formula on hot summer days.
Don’t forget about car safety.
Babies in their car seats combined with a hot car can overheat very, very quickly. As a reminder, place your cell phone or purse in the back seat so you have a reminder when you get to your destination. Also pay attention to your baby’s temperature in the back seat because air conditioning doesn’t always circulate around a rear-facing car seat very well. Finally, if possible, block out the sun.
“You want to make sure they have a cover over the top of the car seat or a blanket covering them to block out the sun as it comes through the back window,” says Johnson.