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Summer Sun Protection for Baby

The summer months bring plenty of fun in the sun, but if there’s a baby on board, you need to be prepared.

Stay Alert

You’ll want to keep an eye out for signs of dehydration and overheating.

Signs of dehydration include:

  • Sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Thirst
  • Less elasticity in the skin
  • Eyes and fontanel (or soft spot on head) appear sunken
  • Decrease or absence of tears
  • Dry mouth
  • A decreased number of wet diapers

Signs of over overheating include:

  • Sweating
  • Red skin
  • Restlessness
  • Rapid breathing

Hot Stuff

Parents should also be aware that the heavy plastic on car seats absorb heat from sun and will radiate heat. When not in use, be sure to throw a light towel or blanket over the car seat to keep it from becoming dangerously hot.

Clothes Make the Kid

As your littles get bigger, and spend more time outdoors, be sure to step up the sun protection. Look for clothes and swim gear that’s sun resistant, so you can add an extra layer of protection to your sunscreen routine.

When choosing clothing, it might attract dirt – but white clothes won’t attract stinging critters as much as bright colors and patterns will.

Accessorize & Protect

And don’t forget eye protection – it can be as simple as a hat. Lifetime exposure to bright sun can damage eyes.

Be sure to take extra caution against illness if you’re around water this summer – follow these tips!