How to keep baby healthy this winter

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How to keep baby healthy this winter

As babies can't regulate their body temperature as well as adults, it's important to make sure they're not too hot or cold in winter.

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Help keep baby healthy this winter

Babies can't regulate their body temperature as well as adults so it's important to make sure they're not too hot or cold during the chilly winter months.

Dressing your baby

When it's cold outside, keep your baby's head and hands covered with a hat and mittens. Add one more layer than you're wearing – although babies dressed in too many layers can be at risk of overheating so keep a check on them. As soon as you're inside, remove the outer layers.

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Colds and fevers

If your baby has already caught a virus, being cold could make symptoms worse. A cold is no fun, although it's usually not serious. However, an accompanying fever or spike in temperature could be more so. If you have any concerns about your baby's temperature then seek medical advice.

Temperature Information
Below 36.5°C Very young babies sometimes become cold rather than hot when they're ill, so call your GP if you have any concerns. A temperature below 35°C is hypothermia. Initial symptoms include shivering, tiredness, fast breathing and cold or pale skin. Babies with hypothermia may also sometimes look healthy but their skin will feel cold, they could be limp, unusually quiet or refuse to feed. If you see these symptoms then call an ambulance. While you're waiting, very carefully remove any wet clothes, gently dry your baby if necessary, and dress them in warm, clean clothes.
36.5°C-37.2°C This is generally considered as a normal temperature for babies.
37.2°C and above Anything above 37.2°C is a fever. Keep an eye on your baby and check their temperature regularly. Keep your baby well hydrated and, if over three months old, consider giving them infant doses of paracetamol or ibuprofen. Check the dosage on the pack or bottle. To help cool them down, remove any outer clothes, sponge them down with lukewarm water and let skin dry. Contact your doctor straight away if your baby is under three months and has a temperature of 38°C or more, or is three to six months old and has a temperature of 39°C or more.

Taking baby's temperature

When you need to take your baby's temperature, you can do it without disturbing them with the Boots Pharmaceuticals non-contact thermometer. After sweeping any hair to one side and making sure their forehead is free from perspiration, simply point the thermometer two-to-three centimetres from their forehead and press the 'Scan' button.

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Out in the wind

Winter winds and cold breezes can dry out baby's sensitive skin. So when you go out this winter, help prevent dry skin by using a moisturiser for young faces. And because even the winter sun can cause sunburn, especially in bright snowy conditions, look for sun cream designed for babies and toddlers.

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