Prevent baby overheating when camping

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Prevent baby overheating when camping

By Allison Barfield

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Allison Barfield began blogging after receiving her Media Arts degree from the University of South Carolina and quickly followed the call of the mountains to Asheville, North Carolina, where she fully embraced hiking, nature, and landscape photography.

Currently, her writing for Aeroflow Breastpumps includes advocating for and helping breastfeeding women through the means of education and helpful tips, including a variety of articles on how to successfully introduce baby to the great outdoors.

When Allison isn’t writing and can’t play outside, you can find her indulging in her coffee addiction as a Netflix enthusiast or totally nerding out with a video game.

46 thoughts on “Prevent baby overheating when camping

  • March 7, 2019 at 5:00 am
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    This is a very important post on well-being of kids. It’s true that babies cannot regulate their body temperature as efficiently as adults can and hence it is crucial for us to take care that their bodies do not get overheated. You have listed out nicely options to keep them cool while camping.

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  • March 6, 2019 at 10:57 pm
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    This is so important outside in the heat with baby in general. These are such great tips to keep them safe and comfy. Thanks!

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  • March 4, 2019 at 10:23 pm
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    I don’t have a baby, but these are honestly great tips for adults too! Now I’m itching for it to get warmer here so I can take a camping trip! And definitely passing this along to my friends with kids because some of them have the impression that camping is just not possible with little kids/babies, so hopefully this gives them a boost of confidence and change of heart.

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  • March 4, 2019 at 12:54 pm
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    This is very informative for sure.
    Sometimes we just overlook or are under-prepared for such activities. I liked it the way you explained how to look for signs if they are affected by heat and things to do to keep in check.

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  • March 4, 2019 at 3:35 am
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    I have a couple of friends who bring their babies everywhere. I’m sending this to them. It’s very timely, summer in the Philippines is too hot!

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  • March 3, 2019 at 8:45 pm
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    As much as I travel with my baby, camping far away from cities would be something I wouldn’t want to do for now. It’s a bit scary! I’d wait a couple more years. Anyways, thanks a ton for the tips.

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  • March 3, 2019 at 1:32 am
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    We had a nice mesh carrier when ours were little. I hated that they would get so hot when we were hiking.

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  • March 3, 2019 at 1:10 am
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    This post is a bunch of good advices and tips. I have experience overheat myself and was having some of the symptoms mentioned. Like high temperature and tiredness or dizziness.

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    • March 4, 2019 at 9:36 pm
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      I’ve seen adults suddenly get confused and faint. These tips may be useful for self care as well!

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  • March 2, 2019 at 10:23 pm
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    We waited to resume camping activities when our kids were older. I would be too freaked out if something happened to my baby and we were no where near a hospital. Anyway, thanks for your tips. These would be very helpful for families with babies who plan to go camping when the weather gets warmer.

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    • March 4, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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      Camping with a baby can be intimidating. It’s important to make sure parents feel ready first!

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  • March 2, 2019 at 9:45 pm
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    Great tips to know and they can also apply to toddlers and older children too. Keep hydrated, sunscreen, shades of all kinds (trees, hats, tents etc) are useful tools.

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  • March 2, 2019 at 6:58 pm
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    I don’t have children (yet) but these are such important tips to remember. I didn’t even think about the material of the tent, but now it’s given me something to consider. Letting baby streak is brilliant if they’re overheated, they can really enjoy the nature!

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  • March 2, 2019 at 5:20 pm
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    Even though we are still in the winter months, this is critical to read now to prepare for the summer. I don’t have kids nor have I camped with babies, but I know how dangerously fast heat can affect the little ones. Thanks for sharing!

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    • March 4, 2019 at 9:28 pm
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      The cold can be just as dangerous! But with the right amount of prepping baby can go camping any time.

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  • March 2, 2019 at 9:00 am
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    Such a bit of good advice. These tips are very important for the parents. Your tips make it much easier camping with kids.

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  • March 2, 2019 at 8:54 am
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    Such important information for mums. I will agree about bringing along a cooler to ensure the baby’s milk remains chilled. And also, since kids can be so playful, playing in the water would be awesome.

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  • March 2, 2019 at 3:37 am
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    Great tips on taking baby camping and prevent them from over heating. It’s easy for parents to treat them like a little children, I guess, while they aren’t. Hope more people will read this helpful information.

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    • March 4, 2019 at 9:06 pm
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      Common signs of a problem can be easy to miss! Simply know your baby’s normal noises and reactions can be extremely helpful.

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  • March 1, 2019 at 3:37 pm
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    Great advice. We did go camping with our oldest when he was a baby, but we went in the fall when it was cool. I wish I had these tips then.

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    • March 4, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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      There are a lot of great tips for keeping children warm enough in the winter too! You can go camping with your family year-round….as long as the weather permits!

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  • March 1, 2019 at 3:37 pm
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    These tips make camping with a baby seem possible! And the overheating signs are great for all moms. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  • March 1, 2019 at 1:03 pm
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    Such a helpful article. We just bought a new tent and hope to do lots of camping with our little ones come spring and early summer. We live in Texas so overheating can happen quickly and easily. I will be sure to keep these tips in mind and have a little bucket where I can put water in so that I can quickly place my little ones if I need to.

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  • March 1, 2019 at 5:12 am
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    Great advice for young moms. I remember worrying about this when our son was small and we used to take him camping. Now it’s his time to worry about his children.

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  • March 1, 2019 at 4:19 am
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    Great tips and helpful no matter the age of the child. A year or so back we were at a local Comic Con out in the open and didn’t realise how hot it was until my 3-year-old suddenly vomited and felt sick. We were in the shade most of the time, and the place was not big, but the heat must have been too much for him. He got better the moment we were in the car with the AC on, but a first time for us and something to keep in mind for the future.

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  • March 1, 2019 at 4:15 am
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    These are definitely a great advice and useful tips to take when you are going to a camping with your baby. I always keep this in mind and will also share this with my friends and loved ones, thanks for sharing!

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    • March 1, 2019 at 3:19 pm
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      Babies can’t regulate their body temperature like adults, so it’s great to always keep that in mind!

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  • March 1, 2019 at 3:40 am
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    Another article with such great tips! I can only remember once when our younger son became overheated, it was a scary time. I did not know you could not give them really cold water. Thanks for sharing.

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    • March 1, 2019 at 3:23 pm
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      Room temperature water can help the body rehydrate faster, even though most people prefer drinking cold water. Either way, staying hydrated is good for you!

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  • March 1, 2019 at 1:01 am
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    It can be so tough with little ones when it comes to camping overall! And it’s not like you can tell a baby to drink so much water or ask how they feel. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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    • March 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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      The best thing you can do is keep an eye on their behavior. Understanding their normal responses and being able to tell when something is off goes a long way.

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  • February 28, 2019 at 11:27 pm
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    I definitely remember worrying about this when I used to go running when my daughter was first born. It’s so scary before they can talk and tell you what they need! Thanks for the guide!

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    • March 1, 2019 at 3:28 pm
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      Now you probably worry about her when she participates in sports and exercise! Being nervous is a good sign of being a great parent. Staying hydrated and paying attention to your child’s cues are key!

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