With Trinidad and Tobago currently experiencing a prolonged period of extreme heat, it is crucial to take extra precautions to ensure your child remains well-hydrated and cool. Children are more at risk of heat-related illnesses than adults, so it's important to be aware of the signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion.
Here are some tips for keeping your child hydrated and cool on those hot days.
1. Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids.
The best fluid for hydration is water, but for children under 6 months, breast milk or formula are the recommended options. Avoid offering sugary drinks, as they can contribute to dehydration.
Fun Idea: Making frozen fruit popsicles is a delicious and refreshing way to help your child stay hydrated.
2.Keep your child in the shade.
If you have to go outside, try to stay in the shade as much as possible and dress your little one in loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. If you don't have access to shade, you can create your own by carrying an umbrella with you or by utilizing the canopy on your child's stroller or car seat.
3.Give your child a cool bath or shower.
This will help to lower your child's body temperature. Make bath time fun by introducing water toys for your child to enjoy. If you have a kiddie pool, even better!
4.Use a fan or air conditioner.
Use any tools you have to keep your home cool. If you don't have air conditioning, try to keep your home well-ventilated by opening windows and doors.
With heat brings the increased chance of dehydration and heat exhaustion. As a parent you must be aware of the signs to ensure your child's safety. Signs of dehydration include thirst, dry mouth, and decreased urination while heat exhaustion may cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. If you notice any of these signs, take your child to a cool place and give them fluids to drink. If their symptoms don't improve, seek medical attention immediately.
By following these tips, you can help to keep your child safe and hydrated in Trinidad and Tobago's heat. Looking for ways to keep your baby cool on the go? Our new shipment of car seats and strollers, equipped with spacious canopies, will be arriving soon. Or keep cool at home with our tubs, bath toys, cups and more. Click here to check them out.