Babies (under 1 year) out in this summer heat?

Erica - posted on 06/11/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone. I live in Houston, Texas and we have some of the hottest summers around. Down here if the heat doesn't get you, the humidity sure will. Today it happened to be 106! My youngest nephew turned 1 today and they had his birthday party outside at a ranch with horses and lots of other farm animals. It was super cute and we had a good time, but I was dying in the heat! There were about 8 or so other little babies out there under the age of 1 and the rest of the kids were older. I couldn't help but notice that most of the babies were sweaty and real pink in the face and some of the parents weren't really making sure they had enough to drink. Am I the only one that thinks this is very strange???? I mean little ones can over heat so easily. At least thats what I've always been told. Now I'm not a mommy yet (will be in September!) so maybe I'm just inexperianced in this particular area. But it just seemed odd to me. I mean I don't think I would have my baby out in that heat even if they were....10! Lol I guess compared to everyone else I'm going to be one of those over-protective mommies.

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Liz - posted on 06/12/2011

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You are abs. right. We have had some pretty warm days already at 95 deegrees and higher with lots of humidity. I have a 5 1/2 month old and a 3 & 4 yr. old who always want to go outside and I feel bad but I have to tell them we can't b/c of the weather. Babies have a much harder time regulating body temperature, and their lungs are still maturing so that they can have a harder time breathing. They also can't tell you that they're dehydrated and need something to drink. You're not being overprotected, just smart!

Katherine - posted on 06/12/2011

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You were right to be worried. That is very dangerous for the little ones. They need to be hydrated and away from the sun. The hydration is the most important. They should have come for an hour tops and that's IT.

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My son is almost 6 months old, and it was 90 the other day. He got so hot and tired that I ended up taking him home totally striping him down(he only had a onsie on), feeding him a bottle and he slept for the whole night. Just like adults or older kids you have to becareful with heat. Your right doesnt sound like a good idea to have them out. Babies skin is so sensitive to the sun, and they cant rehydrate like you or I. Totally crazy if you ask me. i try to not take my son out if its above 80 (unless its cool in the shade so his sisters can play or below 70(requires atleast long pants in the 60's so he doesnt get to chilled in a cool breeze). i dont mean we dont go places, but we dont sit outside or do a lot of moving once hes out in the shade. Sunscreen is also our best friend since he is a redhead, including his 1/2 bald head lol! I think you will make a wonderful mom, your already worried about things most ppl dont think about!

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