For a happier summer with your baby, toddler and child, find out how to deal with all the common health hazards that can strike in the hot weather.
This is a red, spotty rash, typically around the collar, nappy area, armpits or anywhere that's damp with perspiration. Also known as prickly heat, it's a sign your baby’s overheating. You need to get him indoors, strip him off, dab him with a cool cloth and let the air dry his skin.
Keep your child cool and give him lots to drink. Don't apply ointment, as this may seal in moisture and make things worse.
If he has a temperature over 39 degrees C, give him paracetamol or ibuprofen suspension. If his temperature doesn’t drop soon, if the rash doesn't go after three days or if there are accompanying symptoms that concern you, see your GP.
Babies and toddlers have thin skin that burns very easily. Even if you slather on sunscreen and try to keep your baby in the shade, he can still burn. Paediatric dermatologist Dr Mary Spraker says:Do:
Get urgent help if:
If you’re unsure how urgently your child needs help, call NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or go to the nearest pharmacist.
Hot weather inevitably means lots of bugs. Here’s how to keep them away.
3 steps to soothe stings and bites
Keep bee-friendly plants, such as lavender, away from children’s play areas. For a list of plants to avoid, log on to www.rhs.org.uk (Royal Horticultural Society)
This can strike quite suddenly when a child seems to have been playing energetically and happily. The warning signs are:
Note that thirst is not necessarily a sign and young children often don’t notice they’re dehydrated. Nevertheless, get him to drink water. Then put him in a tepid bath (not cold enough to make him shiver). If he has a very high temperature, has fainted or been sick, call for medical advice immediately.
Fortunately, hay fever is rare in children under 5 years, so check with your GP if you suspect your baby or toddler does have it. If he does - or if you do and are pregnant or breastfeeding so can’t take antihistamines - try these five easy steps:
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