Sweltering heat and above 40°C hot days of summer can have you looking for respite in any form and to top it off if you have a newborn, then brace yourself for what can be a challenging few months! Surviving an Indian summer with a new baby can be tough on the both of you but know that every season comes with its own challenges.
Summer worries with your baby
The biggest concern in summer is dehydration. If your baby is not consuming enough fluid or losing too much of it, she could get dehydrated. This could be due to overheating, diarrhea and vomiting or other illnesses A quick check for dehydration is keeping tabs on the number of wet diapers you have to change per day. If you do not have to change a diaper every three hours at least, then it should raise a red flag. Dark yellow urine and a depressed fontanelle are signs of dehydration that must be addressed right away.
You can treat your baby’s hydration by increasing the frequency of feedings; if she refuses to feed, then a dropper full of milk every 10 minutes for an hour should get your baby on the road to recovery. And when all else fails, listen to your grandmother’s advice of giving your baby a few teaspoons of tender coconut water; it’s full of minerals and has the perfect electrolyte balance for your dehydrated baby.
Paying attention to how your baby is dressed, what she is fed, and helping her stay cool can prevent dehydration, prickly heat and sunburn.
Dress your baby in loose clothing during the summer months. Jablas are perfect as they are made of the lightest natural fibers and allow the skin to breathe. If the type that has the drawstring around the neckline makes you nervous, there are plenty of other options that don’t include a drawstring.
While keeping your baby minimally clothed is alright if you are indoors; for the outdoors, any lightweight clothing that will cover her from neck to toe is a must; especially if mosquitoes are a problem. A sun hat on baby will protect her head from overheating.
If you are breast-feeding, then your baby is more than likely receiving enough fluids. For breast-fed babies, a mother’s drastic dietary changes can cause a baby’s tummy to get upset leading to diarrhea. On the other hand, formula fed babies consume denser meals which can cause constipation but not dehydration. But they can benefit from an occasional watered down meal on hot days.