Summer protection

Tyrae - posted on 03/05/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




I live in an area of BC, Canada that gets extremely hot in the summer time (I'm talking 35-45 celsius, which is about 95-113 fahrenheit) we pretty much live in the desert of BC. I am very fair skinned and have always had problems with not getting sunburnt (even with 60+ sublock on) and I have at least 3-4 heatstrokes a summer. I want to be able to go out and about with my daughter, she has red hair and very fair skin just like me, and I'm worried that she will have the same problems as me in the summer time. At the moment she is just under 4 months old, so will be about 6 months old right as it starts to get extremely hot here. I am going to be buying an umbrella stroller with a canopy and also one of those canopies you can attach to any stroller to make it longer to protect her more from the sun. Is there anything else I can do to prevent her from going through the same thing I go through in the summer time? She is breastfed, so will I need to give her any extra water during the summer days? Or should I just breastfeed her more on the days we are out? I'd really prefer not to spend my whole life inside my house with my daughter to stop her from overheating, or freezing. Lot's of suggestions would be nice. Thank you :)


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Cynthia - posted on 03/05/2011




She should always wear a broad brimmed hat, and her clothes should have long sleeves, and of a colour which blocks the sun, because of the heat you will want to make sure her clothing is loose fitting so air can circulate, slather with sun screen, when your out with the buggy make sure she shaded by the canopy or sun umbrella, lots of fluids, of course, Have a chat with the local health unit for further advise on keep little ones from overheating in your area. Ask them for the signs of overheating so you are familiar with them in little children ie lethargy, hot skin etc. At home you may want to have a little splash tub set in the shade, for an under three a dishpan, or one of those shallow rubbermaid tubs is perfect, and of course never leave her unattended, keep a towel handy so you can scoop her up when the phone or doorbell rings! And don't forget if you're near the lake reflected light off the lake burns as quickly as direct sun!

User - posted on 03/05/2011




As far as breastfeeding goes, you don't need to give her any water, your milk will adapt to meet her needs. You may find she feeds more regularly, for shorter periods.

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