Hot weather can cause babies and children to lose body fluids quickly through perspiration, which in turn can lead to dehydration.
Babies and children should be watched carefully during hot weather, they need to drink regularly, wear light clothing and be kept cool.
Breast feeding Babies – feed your baby more often, offer the breast regularly. Make sure you, the mother has plenty of fluids and has a cool drink at every breast feed.
Bottle Feeding Babies – offer cool boiled water between bottle feeds.
Small Children – give your child regular drinks of water during the day.
Dehydration Warning Signs in Babies & Small Children
- Dry Nappies / fewer wet nappies
- Limp and lethargic
- Sunken fontanelle or/and dark eyes
- Irritable or constant crying
- Hot and dry skin
- High temperature
- Vomits or has diarrhoea
- Refuses feeds, drinks and food
If your baby or child has one or more of these signs and you are concerned, seek immediate medical help from a doctor or hospital.