Great summer greetings to all dear MoMsters and their little wonders!
I know, few might be enjoying the summer season while others might be counting days to welcome the next one. You are enjoying or not but you might be worried about the scorching summer which can make you sweat, get dehydrated and a few heat rashes.
Here are some suggestions to keep you and your kids comfortable in the heat. This is also useful for pregnant ladies.
During summer getting dehydrated is very common.
Symptoms of dehydration.
- Dry lips and mouth
- Dry skin
- Irritability and cranky babies
- Dark strong smelling urine.
(If urine is light yellow in color and clear, it usually means that you are getting enough to drink. If the urine is dark yellow with strong smell then it is a sign of dehydration) – applies for both adults and babies.
- For infants no wet diapers in three hours.
It is important to keep baby comfortable in summer. In hot weather, babies are at the risk of heat rash, dehydration, sunburn and heat stroke. Babies become overheated much more quickly than adults.
Hydration is vital to our overall health and well-being. During hot and humid weather you should increase fluid intake, when it’s hot and sunny you will lose more water from sweating. Even when you are not roaming around you will lose water.
Generally hydration controls
- your body temperature
- aids digestion
- carries nutrients around your body
- flush out wastes
- cushions organs and joints.
A few tips can help you to stay hydrated and makes you feel cool.
- Children are less tolerant of high climatic heat stress than adults and also babies are prone to a lot of sweating. A baby is dehydrated if they take less milk. Therefore, keep infants below 6 months hydrated with frequent breastfeeding. Babies older than 6 months can be offered fresh home-made juice to battle the heat.
- Drink a glass of water when you wake up each morning.
- Don’t ignore thirst, drink water or another healthy drink when you feel thirsty.
- People who are sensitive to refrigerated water can use mud pot for the storage of water. (Water kept in mud pots quench thirst better than cold water or ice creams.)
- Don’t wait for your child to tell you he or she is thirsty. Make them drink water at regular intervals. Children are too busy playing to know they are thirsty. They will continue to play no matter what. Don’t wait for them to ask you for water, get them to drink regularly.
For babies above 7-month purchase sipper cup which is non-spill design and free of BPA plastic.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Instead of making juice eat fruits directly because blending fruits destroy a few % of nutrients that are present in food.
- Offer food with high water content, for example, watermelon, muskmelon, soups, cucumber, and tomatoes.
- If children are traveling outside, squeeze a lemon in water and keep that bottle with you.
These are general tips to stay hydrated and healthy during summer. Now we will proceed towards the main discussion about the diseases which are welcomed by summer season. Pregnant ladies and New Moms and Babies should read these points to get some idea about it. It will help in coping with such diseases or preventing those diseases to ruin your summer season.
Have a wonderful and healthy Summer days.