Babies and young children are very sensitive to hot weather, so it is important to watch them closely and stop them from getting dehydrated or too hot.
If you think your child is unwell due to hot weather, seek medical attention.
Avoid taking babies or young children out in the hottest part of the day.
If you do have to go out, keep them in the shade, protect their skin with loose-fitting clothing and a hat, and use baby or toddler formula sunscreen.
In hot weather, breast-fed babies may need extra breast-feeds, but if they are under 6 months it is not recommended to give them water. Bottle-fed babies may need extra feeds and can be offered small amounts of cooled boiled water as needed.
Make sure young children have regular drinks throughout the day. Water is best. Avoid giving them sugary or fizzy drinks.
Dress babies and young children in light, loose-fitting clothing, like singlets and nappies, or loose tops.
Choose the coolest place in your home for babies or young children to sleep, making sure air can circulate around their bassinet or cot.
To help babies and young children cool down, sponge them with lukewarm – not cold – water.
Avoid using baby carriers and slings as they restrict the airflow and babies may be more likely to overheat.
If you need to cover the pram to keep baby shaded, use a large canopy, or a mesh or perforated sun shield designed for strollers, instead of a blanket. These will ensure adequate airflow and allow you to still see your baby.
Regularly check on children and infants.
Never leave babies or children in a stationary car.
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