Hot Weather Alerts and their impact on babies and young children

Babies and young children up to four years of age are sensitive to the effects of high temperatures and rely on others to regulate their environments and provide adequate protection.  Remember the following:

  • Never leave children unattended in a vehicle even for a few minutes.
  • Place them in tubs of lukewarm water frequently to lower their body temperature.
  • Give children lots of fluids, particularly water and items such as popsicles and freezies.
  • Make sure to apply sunscreen with and SPF 15 or higher (broad spectrum or UVA/UVB protection) frequently and to use a hat if it is necessary to go outside even in the shade. Do not apply sunscreen to infants under the age of six months.
  • Watch carefully for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
  • If you notice a heat rash such as red clusters of pimples or small blisters, keep the area dry.  Corn starch may be used to increase comfort.
  • Consult a medical practitioner if sunburn affects infants of less than one year of age.