As a qualified teacher, mum, parenting coach and all-round Early Years expert, Sophie has a wealth of practical, real life experience to share with parents.
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We should talk about signs of dehydration in warmer weather, as kids can do without food for a lot longer than they can without milk or water. Look for signs of dehydration; if they’re not passing urine as often and you’re noticing more dry nappies, or if they are potty trained, they’re not going to the toilet as often, or if you notice that their urine looks darker in colour, that suggests that there’s a bit of dehydration going on. Also, their eyes may look a little bit sunken. They may have dry, cracked lips, and if they’re crying, but don’t have any tears, those symptoms should guide you to offer more fluids. If your baby’s urine output really drops and you notice that they have had a dry nappy for whole day, then get on the phone to your GP. If you’re breastfeeding, your body is very clever in that during the warmer months, your breast milk will become a bit more watery to compensate for this. You may notice that your baby wants to feed more often, in which case, I would carry on doing that.
In the night, you may notice that your baby’s waking up more frequently, so remember that it’s probably because they are thirsty. There’s a myth that your baby shouldn’t have a night feed after six months, which isn’t true. As an adult, you often wake up in the middle of the night thirsty and you want a drink of water, so it’s obviously going to happen to your baby as well and the only way they can express that is by crying. So don’t think that you’re doing anything wrong by feeding your baby more often in those spring months. If their sleep has really gone downhill and they’re waking up a lot more, it may just be because it’s really hot and they’re thirsty.
Look for signs in your baby of being overheated too. Smaller babies don’t tend to get sweaty, but they can look a bit hot and bothered. You might also notice that they become quite restless or a little bit irritable as well. Look for that and those physical signs of dehydration that I was talking about. And remember, babies under the age of six months shouldn’t be exposed to any sun at all.