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Stay safe over summer

Tips on how to help children in hot weather.

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Our team of child health experts have compiled a list of simple precautions you can take to keep your family protected during the hot summer months.

Drink lots of fluids

Babies will need breastmilk more often than usual.

For older children, water is the best drink, especially when it’s hot. Make sure your child drinks lots of water during the day to help them stay hydrated.

It’s also important for adults to drink enough water during the day too, especially women who are breastfeeding.

Dress for the weather

Babies and children should be in light, loose clothing. They can even get away with just a nappy when it’s really hot.

If you’re going outside in the heat make sure your child is wearing a hat and sunscreen.

Avoid the heat

Aim to plan your activities in the early morning or late afternoon, when it is cooler.

If you do have to go outside make sure you take special care to keep your little one safe and cool.

If you have access to a swimming pool to cool off, be sure to use hats and sunscreen and never leave children unattended.

Never leave your baby or child in the car

Never cover a baby capsule in the car with a rug or towel. Only use sun shades on the windows.

Partially cover your baby’s pram with a light cloth to provide shade and allow enough air to get through.