Insulation in babies

Insulation in babies

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Insulation in babies is a very dangerous but preventable condition. The sun can be life-threatening if the baby overheats and no first aid measures are taken.

In principle, the body temperature increases, while the ability to cool down stops. Babies and children are most vulnerable to sunstroke. Your baby may suffer from sunburn if he is out too much in the heat and is too dehydrated or too thick.

Traveling in an overheated car could endanger it, or the heat state in a parked car. Never leave the baby asleep in the car seat alone, because the cars get very hot, even with the windows open. Even a few minutes in the excessive heat of the car can prove to be dangerous.

Signs and treatment of insulation in babies

As a parent it is important to know the first signs of insolation. Usually babies will first have signs of overheating, which is a milder form, but which can degenerate into sunstroke if not timely.

Overheating is not as dangerous as the sun and its symptoms include:

• You were thirsty;
• Fatigue;
• Cold and moist skin;
• If the child is slightly older, he will also complain of muscle and stomach cramps.

If you notice these symptoms it is necessary to act quickly, before the baby becomes insolent. Quickly take him to a cool room if possible. Breastfeed him or give him milk formula. If he is over 6 months old, you can give him some water. You can try to make him a bath with a little warm water and let him rest in the house for the rest of the day. If you think your symptoms do not improve, take him to the hospital immediately.

You will also need to be careful about signs of dehydration. Even if you do not notice that your baby is sweating a lot, he may lose serious amounts of fluid when it is very hot outside. Signs of dehydration in babies are:

• Red face;
• Skin that seems warm to the touch;
• Rapid breathing;
• Nonlinearism.

Babies under 6 months should not drink water. I can drink after 6 months, but in limited quantities. In the summer, however, you must increase the milk intake (from the breast or formula) that the baby receives. He should receive 50% more milk than usual.

If overheating turns into sunburn then your baby may have the following symptoms:

• Fever of 39.4 degrees Celsius or more, but without perspiration;
• Hot, red and dry skin;
• Fast pulse;
• Nonlinearist;
• Confusion;
• Dizziness;
• Headache, which can make it slightly irritating;
• Vomiting;
• Rapid and shallow breathing;
• Lethargy - the baby does not respond as quickly when you call his name or when you tickle him for example;
• Unconscious.

If your baby has had sunburn, you will need to reduce their temperature quickly. Time is very important because a baby who has had a stroke can become very unconscious very quickly.

The first thing you need to do is call 112, the emergency number. Then completely undress the baby and stretch it in a cool area. If you are outside, find a shaded area, but it is preferable to be moved to a well-ventilated room. While waiting for the ambulance, wet a cloth or sponge with cold water and wipe it all over your body. Gently ventilate it with a magazine or even a vent if you find it. Talk to him constantly so you don't worry him even more. Give him nothing to drink.

Prevention of insulation in babies

Wrap the baby in thin, loose clothing during the summer. Keep it in the shade when you go outside and check if it is warm in the car. Give her more milk on very hot days and stay at home as much as possible, especially between 10 and 16 hours. You can help your baby to withstand the heat more easily if you put less bedding, ventilate the room and sufficiently moisturize it.
Read also the Earthquake case of a baby left in the car in the heat.