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Safety Precautions for the Summer Season



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As temperatures rise and the summer season nears, be sure to take the necessary precautions to protect your most precious cargo: your infant. Summers in Kern County are generally hot and dry, and can boast temperatures upwards of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Whether you're swimming, sunning, or just going about your daily tasks in our hot, sunny climate, you could be putting your baby at risk. Make sure to take the necessary precautions to ensure this summer season is a safe one.

Stay in the Shade: Babies, especially those under 6 months, should avoid direct sun exposure, and mothers are encouraged to talk to your doctor regarding individual concerns. The best bet is to keep your child in shade as often as possible and limit sun exposure by dressing infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts and wide brimmed hats. Be sure to apply baby-safe sunscreen to areas such as the infant's face and the back of the hands.

Drink Up: Babies need to be watched closely in warm weather! As the temperature goes up, your child is at risk for dehydration, especially because their small bodies lose significant body fluids as they try to cool down by perspiring. Dehydration warning signs include: sleepiness, loss of appetite, crying and irritability, fewer wet diapers, hot or dry skin, a body temperature near 40 degrees Fahrenheit, vomiting or diarrhea, or abnormally high body temperatures. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your child's doctor immediately or go to the local emergency room. To avoid dehydration for your breastfeeding baby, be sure to feed your baby more often and drink lots of fluids yourself. For your bottle-fed baby, provide extra cool filtered water after the bottle. It's also important to keep your child cool and dressed in light clothing.

Stay Afloat: Pool or no pool, children can drown almost anywhere, including in as little as one inch of water. If you decide to take your infant swimming with you, be sure you are attentive and stay with your child at all times. If you have a pool at home, you need to install isolation fencing around the pool, at least 5 feet high, equipped with self-latching and self-closing gates. This will prevent any crawling babies from entering the area. Drowning is 100% preventable, so be sure to never leave your child unattended and sign them up for swim lessons , when they reach an appropriate age, so that they gain confidence in the water.

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