HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD FROM SUMMER DISEASES
During the summer, infants and toddlers are highly susceptible to diseases, in contrast to adults. Hence, they require more care and attention as the weather gets hotter.
Protection from dehydration:
- Small children can’t tell you when they’re thirsty, so give them water and fluids at regular intervals.
- If your baby is younger than 6 months, increase the frequency of nursing or bottle feeding as the weather gets warmer. If you're breastfeeding your baby, make sure you drink plenty of water yourself.
Prevention of heat exhaustion and sunstrokes
- Babies and newborns should be dressed in light and loose clothing.
- Keep pyjamas and bed covers to a minimum.
- Give your baby a cool shower before bedtime.
- Keep your baby’s room cool during the day by drawing the curtains.
- Monitor the temperature in their room – they’ll sleep more comfortably between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius.
- Read our article on treating sunstrokes.
Protection from sunburns:
- Keep your little one indoors during peak heat hours between 11am and 4pm.
- Protect their skin by keeping them in the shade, or by covering them up with loose clothing and a wide hat.
- Apply a little bit sunblock with SPF30+ on the areas of the skin that can’t be covered with clothes.
- Babies below the age of 6 months should never be exposed to direct sunlight.
Protection from summer germs and microbes:
- Teach your child the importance of hygiene, and get them accustomed to using Dettol wipes at every occasion, especially when outdoors.
- Train your child to use Dettol hand sanitiser three times a day when they're outside. When they're indoors, ensure they frequently wash their hands with Dettol antibacterial hand wash or bar soap.
- Make sure you thoroughly clean and disinfect the home environment with Dettol products, to ensure your child and home are Dettol-safe.
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Protects against everyday germs including those that can cause Skin infections Respiratory infections (Influenza) Gastroenteritis (such as Salmonella and Escherichia Coli)