1. Spraying water from the hose directly on someone before letting it run cool can cause significant burns
The water inside a garden hose can heat up quickly to between 55-60 degrees in the summer sun when not running. It takes just ONE SECOND to cause full-thickness burns at 60 degrees and TEN SECONDS at 55 degrees.
So remember, when you’re outside with your little ones and are planning to use the sprinkler or hose to cool off, run the water on the grass until the water runs cold before spraying yourself or your bub.
2. Covering your pram with a blanked dramatically increases the temperature inside the pram
As the weather heats up, prams can become as dangerous as hot cars.
Our natural instinct is to cover our pram to minimise the sun, but this can reduce airflow and increase the temperature in the pram underneath the blanket, quickly making it too hot for bub.
3. Sunscreen + preventing sunburn
Your little one has delicate and sensitive skin that burns quickly + easily. The more sun exposure at an early age, the greater the chance of skin cancer later in life.
So to protect our young babies best, we would do all of these things first:
- Cover as much skin as possible with lightweight clothes or a wrap
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat that covers the face, ears + back of the neck
- Use baby sunnies for their little eyes
- Seek out and stay in the shade
For little ones, the last line of defence is sunscreen. The Australasian College of Dermatologists doesn’t recommend sunscreen use on bubs under 6m because their skin is highly absorbent.
Always apply sunscreen:
- 20 minutes before sun exposure, again 30 minutes later and repeat every 2 hours (regardless of package instructions, particularly if swimming)
- Generously – most people use too little
When choosing a sunscreen for older bubs, kiddos and yourselves, look for a sunscreen that is:
- SPF 30 or higher [50+ is the best]
- Water-resistant and broad spectrum – offers the best protection
- Must be TGA approved – if the website doesn’t say ‘TGA approved’: followed by a number, do not buy it
- Developed explicitly for little ones; they will be less harsh
We hope this helps you prepare for summer, armed with the info to advocate for and treat your precious Tiny Heart.
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