The Big Ques­tion


Mother & Baby (UK) - - CONTENTS -

Q I’m tak­ing my nine-mon­thold abroad for the first time. How can I keep her cool? Linda Cawthorne, Cum­bria

Ba­bies and hot weather don’t go well together, but as long as you’re well pre­pared, your daugh­ter will be both safe and com­fort­able. The first thing is to en­sure she’s kept well hy­drated, since she can’t tell you when she’s thirsty. Of­fer cooled, boiled wa­ter as well as her for­mula if you’re bot­tle-feed­ing. And if you’re breast­feed­ing, let her feed more of­ten if she wants to, and make sure you stay well hy­drated too. Signs of de­hy­dra­tion are a dry mouth and tongue, fewer wet nap­pies (less than six a day) and dark yel­low wee. She may have fewer tears if she cries, and may also be gen­er­ally list­less. But don’t let her get to this point – en­cour­age her to drink more than nor­mal, keep an eye on those nap­pies, and re­new your ef­forts at the slight­est in­di­ca­tion.

Avoid the di­rect sun, es­pe­cially around mid­day. Lunchtime is an ideal time for her to take a nap, in­doors and in an air-con­di­tioned room. Many par­ents find a dif­fer­ent hol­i­day rhythm, go­ing out to ex­plore early and late in the day, re­turn­ing to their ac­com­mo­da­tion for an ex­tended siesta in the mid­dle of the day.

Kit her out with a sun hat, sun­glasses, light UV-pro­tec­tive cloth­ing, and sun­screen. If you’re go­ing to the beach, take a pop-up anti-UV baby beach tent, so you can put her in the shade. Take fre­quent dips in the sea, the swim­ming pool or a pad­dling pool. If you’re go­ing to be us­ing a ho­tel crèche, talk to the ho­tel in ad­vance about how they keep ba­bies un­der their watch cool, too.

Night­times can be tricky. Air-con­di­tion­ing is in­valu­able, but you can also cool the air by hang­ing wet tow­els over win­dows or chairs, and keep the cur­tains closed in the day­time to en­sure you don’t come home to a muggy room. Keep bed­ding to a min­i­mum, too, and let your daugh­ter sleep in just a nappy if needs be.

You can help her cool down at any point by giving her a tepid bath and then let­ting her air-dry on a towel, as the evap­o­ra­tion of the wa­ter will help bring her tem­per­a­ture down fur­ther. Have a won­der­ful hol­i­day! RC


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