Preventing Baby Heat Rash
Parents have a lot to consider when it comes to the health of their children, but heat rash is easy to prevent if you know what to do. When the weather is hot, it can be tough to stay indoors. One approach to dressing children to be outside is to remember they don't need to wear any more clothing then their parents would on the same day, especially in hot weather. Dress your child in a miniaturized version of your own outfit just to be on the safe side. Also, select light, loose clothing. Lightweight fabrics such as cotton will keep your baby dry and cool and prevent sweat ducts from becoming blocked [source: WebMD]. And when dressing your child, don't use more creams or powders than necessary, as these will clog pores.
Watch for signs of overheating. While out in the sun, monitor your child closely to see whether he or she is getting too hot. If the skin appears red and sweaty and feels clammy or hot to the touch, it's time to go inside [source: Mayo Clinic].
If it is particularly hot and humid outside, keep your baby indoors. Find activities to do inside an air-conditioned building. If you must venture out, try to stay in shaded, covered or breezy areas. It's also important to make sure your baby is hydrated, so you might need to feed more often.
Take a cool bath. On really hot days, a cool bath is a great way to beat the heat. Fill up the tub, and let your children play and relax.
Heat rash can be annoying and uncomfortable, but with these things in mind, you and your child can still have lots of fun playing together no matter how hot it might be outside.
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