Infants And Heat

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mayaB - June 22

My baby is 5 weeks old, and we're having a super hot heat wave where I am. I was wondering how babies cope w/ heat. I've noticed that he's eating at the same times but he eats less. as if he were just interested in getting the watery part of the milk. He's also more fussy.. also because I cant cuddle him as much since it is unbearably hot. We arent ac people and definately think it is better for the baby to stay away from AC. so that's not an option!! :) How have you coped? and what have you noticed?

 

Jamie - June 22

AC is not an option for us here, so we just have fans in every room, and I make sure I check Serenity's skin constantly - if it starts feeling the least bit warm, I pat her down with a moist wash cloth. I also keep her in a minimum of clothing, such as usually a light onsie or a t-shirt with no diaper or just a prefold with no cover.

 

mayaB - June 22

Hi Jamie, yeah I have my boy stripped down to his diapers. last night I wiped him w/ some cloths as well. I might give him a bath today if it gets as bad as yesterday. noticed and changes in eateing patterns??

 

Jamie - June 22

Eh, not really. Nothing that's abnormal, anyway.

 

Narcissus - June 22

The stifling heat is more dangerous to your child than AC, especially if it is central air conditioning. Why are you so against AC? Does asthma run in the family? Where do you live? It's not good for your baby to be so uncomfortable that he eats less than he normally does.

 

Narcissus - June 22

...and it's awful that he cannot be held as much bc of the heat, especially since he is so young.

 

Ang - June 22

Gabriesl tends to get fussy in the heat as well and seeing as my dh and I are eco-friendly we don't use AC either and try to limit our use of electricity by using power-save fans when we're desperate. If Gabriel's absolutely miserable I'll rub him down with some ice and let him sit in a cool bath for a wihile (which he loves) - we're also fortunate to have access to a pool so that helps.

 

kimberley - June 22

Just a quick note.....It is always better to have your baby in at least a singlet/t-sjirt than a bare chest, as the material soaks up sweat. I used to think nothing was best, but my doctor told me different :) I had my baby girl during the summer, and here in Australia we had 46c days OMG I used a fan...and this worked great. Also you can offer water, but my dcotor a__sured me that babies get enough water from formula/BM even it hot weather. TO MAYAB....When you say he eats less is it a lot less, or just not as much? You know yourself that when its hot food is the last thing you feel like eating..maybe you could offer a bit of water. If it is a lot less maybe give your doctor a ring, as he needs to keep his fluids up. Sorry cant be of more help. PS...Bathing is great too, not cold water, but tepid is best.

 

AprilMum - June 22

I just want to back up Narcissus, before anyone jumps on her! - Are you worried about the cost of running the air? I live in Texas, and at six this morning, it was already 80 degrees; we don't crank our ac way down, but keep it at about 78, which, still is fairly warm, but not stifling, like it would be with just windows and fans.

 

pbj - June 22

Already 80 degrees? You're lucky, I live in Florida and it's been in the mid 90's for over a month now. HaHa! I couldn't even imagine not having an a/c here, but I could see other places. I get the impression mayaB that you bf? I wouldn't be too concerned as long as it doesn't go on too long. Babies go through phases where they sometimes don't want to eat as much, however if it continues I would maybe call your ped to be sure he isn't dehydrated. I don't have any suggestions about staying in the heat, as for us no a/c is not an option.

 

AprilMum - June 22

I was saying at six am....we're well into the 100's during the day. ....but it as a drier heat at least, god florida in the summer, I can't imagine!

 

pbj - June 22

Yeah, it pretty much SUCKS! But that's the price you pay for the rest of year being pretty moderate.

 

Annette - June 22

I also make my son sleep in a A/C room.... why is it so bad? We live in NYC and a fan would not be sufficient, it´s too humid. However, I am starting to panic because my son is NOT eating as much as I think he should, and I don´t know if I should blame it to the weather.

 

Narcissus - June 22

Thanks April...I am not generalizing and calling maya a terrible mom so I hope that people don't make that a__sumption. I used to live in a home with no AC so I know how it feels and I cannot imagine a baby living in that environment. It was miserable. It was so hot I could not sleep at night and my appet_te was also diminished. A fan helped but it was no subst_tute for AC. We are an eco-friendly family as well. We drive a Jetta and will be buying a hybrid. No SUVs in this home. We are vegetarian...Still, AC is a must. My baby's health has priority over the environment.

 

Tillie - June 22

Like Annette, I live in NYC and it's horribly hot! An a/c is absolutely necessary, though I agree, they're not nearly as good as a natural cool breeze. but I've noticed my daughter eats MORE--I thought maybe it was bc she was thirsty!

 

ssmith - June 22

Patting the baby with cornstarch is good too, especially in all those little creases. It absorbs moisture and helps keep them dry and prevent chafing and heat rashes etc. Also, it's safer than talc.

 

Amy_mommy - June 22

try to wipe your baby with some cold wet cloth all over their body as this will cool their skin off.......sometimes u could use baby powder, too.....NO AC, THOUGH!

 

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