Summer means outside fun for the whole family. Keep these things in mind when thinking about safety for your newborn in the summer time:
Keep your newborn in the shade as much as possible: a newborn’s skin is very thin and can get sunburnt a lot quicker than adult skin.
Sunscreen and insect repellent containing DEET is not meant for use with newborns under 6 months old.
Never leave your baby in a hot car, even for a few minutes: the temperature can reach 40 degrees in only a few minutes and heat exhaustion in newborns can be fatal very quickly.
Life jackets are sized by weight and are not available for babies lighter than 20 pounds. Smaller babies should be held by an adult at all times in the water. Click here for more information from the Red Cross on life jackets and PFDs for children.
Keep at least one hand on your baby if you choose to use floaters or water toys.
Summer heat can be dangerous for newborns, as their little bodies do not respond to heat in the same way an adult does. They do not sweat in the same way and really begin to suffer in temperatures above 37°C.
Click here for tips on how to avoid heat injury and illness for your whole family, from the Government of Nova Scotia.