Healthcare professionals recommend checking your baby’s
temperature regularly, especially in your baby’s initial weeks since your baby
will slowly start adjusting to the surrounding environment.
Touching your baby’s skin
Touching your baby’s skin can also give
you an idea of how your baby is feeling temperature wise.
Softly touch and feel
your baby’s face, arms and forehead with your hand.
If you feel your baby’s
body is cold (cooler than it normally should), this means your baby needs to be
And if the baby’s body is extra warm (warmer than normal) this
means your baby is feeling hot and you must remove layers off the baby.
Observing your baby’s behaviour
Observing your baby’s behaviour to
predict whether your baby is feeling warm or cold is also a common practice by
Regularly checking your baby to see if your baby is pushing off the
blanket away from his body and is waking up more often than normal, this is a
possible sign that your baby is not comfortable with the covering and may be feeling
It is then a good idea to remove the blanket/covering off your baby
for a some time.
On the other hand, if you notice your
baby is folding his body and seems a bit too restless while sleeping, this could
be a sign that your baby may be feeling cold and needs to be covered with blanket.
It is then a good idea to feel your baby’s skin by touching your baby’s head,
hands, chest and arms and cover your baby accordingly.
Observing your baby’s breathing
As a parent, regularly monitoring your baby, especially in
your baby’s initial weeks of birth is your duty.
There are times when you baby
might be breathing faster than normal.
One of the causes of your baby rapidly
breathing is that your baby might be overheated.
Your baby’s body will feel
warm to you, especially the baby’s chest.
Check your baby’s temperature using a
digital thermometer. If you are unsure, immediately seeking medical help for
your baby is recommended.
of overheating your baby
Keeping your baby warm is important but
protecting your baby from overheating is extremely important as well.
your baby can lead the baby to suffer from some or all of the following:
Overheating your baby can cause dehydration
(or lack of water content) in your baby’s body.
Dehydration can lead to life
threatening issues in your baby.
It is always advised to keep your baby
hydrated at all times, especially is times when the baby’s surrounding
environment is too hot due to blanket/quilt covering, heater overheating your
baby’s room or the weather being generally too hot.
Protecting your newborn, infants and
toddlers from direct sunlight is very crucial as your baby can get sunburns
In addition to sunburns, the heat from the sunlight can overheat your
baby which is not ideal for your baby’s body temperature leading to fever or
other health issues in the your baby.
On the other hand, sunlight is a good
source of Vitamin D for your baby.
It is therefore important not to take your
baby out uncovered under the sun and if you do, make sure that you don’t keep
your baby under the sun for too long.
Heatstroke is also caused by harsh
weather and it can be fatal, especially in newborns and infants, if not treated
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