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  King Edward’s Medical Centre
  King Edward’s Road, Barking,
Essex IG11 7TB
Telephone: 020-8594-2988
Fax: 020-8594-2184

General advice for babies

Keeping babies safe in hot weather:

•  Encourage drinking plenty of fluids. Give your baby plenty of cooled boiled water throughout the day, and at night, if he/she wakes up feeling thirsty. Breast feeding mother do not add to their feeds.
•  When out in the sun try to keep the baby out of the sun especially between the times of 11am to 3pm. Consider using a parasol/sunshade. Think about using a wide brimmed sunhat. Also use a high factor sunscreen - there are many brands formulated specifically for babies and young children, offering total sun protection of factor 50 plus. Remember to keep applying the sunscreen regularly, especially if your child is in and out of the sea or paddling pool.
•  There are other methods to give fluids so consider then such as weak squash, ice cubes, andhomemade fruit juice lollies throughout the day.
•  Infants and children will love playing in a paddling pool in the garden but be vigilant so that no accidents happen. Make sure it is in a shaded area for safety
•  At home-Keep bedrooms cool throughout the day by keeping blinds/curtains closed, and if possible buy a fan to circulate the air in the room. Sometimes a cool bath helps
•  Keep nightwear and bedclothes to a minimum. Be careful of sheets as children can get tangled up. Always try to put them at the bottom of the cot.
•  A nursery thermometer will help you to keep track of the room temperature and whether it is becoming too hot for them. Your baby should sleep most comfortably when the room is between 16C (61F) and 20C (68F).

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