Prevent baby overheating when camping
Finally, you’ve found an awesome weekend to take your family camping. You won’t have to worry about keeping your baby warm because the sun is out and shining to heat everything up. But keep in mind, that even with mild heat during the spring and summer your baby could get too hot.
Now, this isn’t meant to raise an alarm and you don’t have to wait until your baby is older to go camping. Just pay a little extra attention to your child and plan ahead so you’ll be able to spot the signs and prevent baby overheating when camping.
Learn The Symptoms Of Over Heating
When you take your baby camping, no matter what time of the year it is, keep an eye out for the following symptoms of overheating:
If your baby feels warm to the touch. Feel their neck, chest, and back to make sure they aren’t sweating and have a comfortable temperature. A heat rash, that appears as red dots may also appear in these areas.
- Look at their skin to see if it’s red. The shade of beet-red can be a symptom of overheating. Reduce the temperature and remove a layer if your child starts turning abnormally red.
- Check for a rapid heartbeat, as it’s a symptom brought on by the stress of your baby’s body trying to cool off.
- They have a fever but aren’t sweating. A temperature around 103 or higher can signal overheating.
- If your baby seems confused, lethargic, unresponsive, or dizzy check their temperature. Becoming restless can also be a sign.
- If your baby vomits and doesn’t seem sick otherwise, they could be having a heat stroke.
Signs of dehydration include less energy, dry mouth, and fewer wet diapers, and fewer tears while crying.
Pack The Right Items
When packing for your trip be sure to make a list of essential items to make sure you bring all of the necessary items to help your family feel relaxed and cool as the temperatures rise. Some of the most important gear include:
- A lighter tent for warmer weather with canvas instead of nylon and mesh windows, to keep fresh cooler air circulation during the night and day. A portable fan can help circulate cooler air as well.
- A tarp to place in areas that could use some shade to relax in under. Tarping is also a good way to shade your tent.
- Light colored clothing for your baby in order to reflect sunlight. Dark colors absorb more heat.
- A cooler to keep breastmilk and water chilled.
- Items to protect against the sun such as sunglasses, a hat with a visor, and sunscreen, if your baby is old enough. Your child should be 6 months or older before it’s safe to use sunscreen that’s specifically made for babies.
- A tub or container for you to bathe your child with cool water in.
- A car seat or stroller with an attachable shade for baby to hang out it. Don’t drape a towel or blanket over their seat, as it could hold heat in.
- Bug spray, extra bug spray, and more bug spray. You’ll definitely want to keep mosquitos and other bugs away.
Enjoy Cooler Activities
Depending on the heat there are a few ways to enjoy cooler activities to keep your family from overheating such as:
- Setting your tent up in a shaded area or near water to benefit for cooler breezes. You can also use a tarp to create shade.
- Plan more vigorous activities such as hikes in the morning or afternoon.
- Play in the water. Fill the kiddie tub with cool, not cold water, and watch your child enjoy playing with bath toys as they cool off.
- Let baby go streaking! Removing layers down to their diaper can provide heat relief, but often times babies like to go diaperless too!
- Enjoy naptime in the shade. You baby will be happiest if you can stick to their schedule and the shade should provide cooler temperatures than the tent.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water to keep your breastmilk supply up. Offer water to your baby during hot periods during the day as well. Water can make your baby feel fuller, so they may eat less milk, so this practice is generally only recommended for warm temperatures.
What To Do If Baby Is Too Hot
If your baby seems to be overheating, don’t panic. Remain calm and perform the following activities to cool your baby off:
- Don’t hesitate to contact emergency services.
- Get them out of the sun and into the shade.
- Remove extra layers. Babies generally only need one extra layer than you do. If you feel uncomfortable, then they might too.
- Offer your baby cool water, not cold water, or breastmilk to drink.
- Place your baby in a tub of cool water, not cold water or wipe them down with damp cloths.
Have Some Fun In The Sun
Don’t miss out on the perfect camping weather just because it might be a little too hot. Just follow the above tips to prevent baby overheating when camping. You and your baby will be fine as long as you stay hydrated and pack the right items to stay cool, you’ll have a wonderful trip.