Dr Virginia Thorley, OAM, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA - International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
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Baby safety in heatwaves (extreme hot weather)

Your baby in heatwaves (exreme heat)

The current extreme hot weather this February, and over the last few weeks, is very difficult for mothers of babies, especially very new babies who cannot regulate their temperatures as well as adults can. Even adults are struggling in extreme heat.
Have a look at my earlier posts on this blog for specific topics. Here is a summary of key points that are relevant right now:

- If you have air-conditioning, please use it for your baby. It doesn't have to be at the coldest setting, but enough to let you and your baby feel comfortable.

Stay cool and hydrated

In the current heatwave conditions in Australia, it is important to remember that it isn't just any day, but a special situation.  Your needs and your baby's needs are paramount.

How to keep cool

If you have air-conditioning, even in one room, this is a great help in keeping your baby cool, and yourself, too. Without air-conditioning, hanging wet towels on the backs of chairs and directing an electric fan at them, can make the air that circulates a little cooler. (Evaporation cools.

Heatwaves and emergencies

Emergency information:
 
This message was prepared for people in Australia in areas of the southern states suffering serious bushfires, but it applies in other emergencies. Please be aware thatABC Local Radiois your emergency channel with regular updates specific to your location.  If you are a health professional, you will want to remind the families you work with about this.
 
Hot weather:
 
While other adults and children need extra fluid in the heat, breastfeeding mothers need to remember to drink plenty of water, too.

Baby safety in heatwaves (extreme hot weather)

Baby safety in hot weather is an important topic at the moment with the continuing extreme temperatures in much of Australia and other parts of the Southern Hemisphere at similar latitudes.
 
Unfortunately, one of my books, Feeding Baby & Child (Virginia Phillips, Hyland House, 1984, 1992), which has a whole chapter on hot weather care, is now out of print. However, here are a few quick tip:
 
- keep your baby indoors and out of direct or reflected heat as much as possible
 
- air-conditioning is desirable.
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