Though we might not have gone to tropical destinations this summer, we’ve definitely been feeling the heat lately. If you’re spending your days enjoying the sun in the park, it’s important to keep your baby cool, safe and comfortable, especially if they’re teething. A study by Nelsons® revealed that over a third (39%) of parents state that teething is the most distressing ailment for parents, so the last thing you want is for your teething baby to be even more uncomfortable as you’re enjoying your family day out in the sun.
Here are a few tips from Nelsons® Teetha® to help you soothe your little ones on a hot summer’s day:
Avoid direct sunlight:
Babies should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible, especially if they’re younger than 6 months. If you can, try to avoid being out between 10am and 2pm, but if you’re spending the day in a park or at the beach, then seek out some shade and make sure to use some child safe sunscreen.
Pick the right clothes:
If you’re spending the day outside, dress your baby in loose, light-coloured, long-sleeve shirt and trousers (to protect their skin from the sun), as well as a wide-brimmed hat.
Keeping your baby hydrated on a hot day is essential. Breastfeeding babies don’t need any water but might need to be fed more often than usual to keep them hydrated. If your baby has been introduced to solid foods, then some moderate amounts of water and fruit, along with breastmilk or formula can help.
Take a cool bath:
A cool bath in the morning before your day out and in the evening after coming home can help keep your baby feeling cool while you’re out and about. If you have a paddling pool, that can also be a fun and refreshing way for you all to be outside together.
Cold lollies can help soothe the discomfort babies feel from teeth breaking through their gums and may be very useful during this period. Here are two recipes you can try to help soothe teething pains, and which also double up as tasty treats for all the family.
Pear & banana ice lollies:
- 1/4-pint custard
- 2 bananas (220g)
- 2 tbsp Pear Concentrate
How to make them:
- Blend the custard with 2 mashed bananas until smooth
- Stir in the pear concentrate
- Pour into lolly moulds and freeze until solid
- 2 chopped fresh peaches
- 1 cup of natural yoghurt
- 1 ripe banana
How to make them:
- Use a blender or food processor to mix together until smooth. Freeze until firm.
Nelsons® Teetha® Teething Granules:
If your little one is experiencing some teething discomfort while you’re out, try giving them a product like Nelsons® Teetha® Teething Granules which can help relieve the symptoms associated with teething.
Nelsons® Teetha® is the UK’s number one homeopathic teething relief brand used within the homeopathic tradition for the symptomatic relief of teething pain and the symptoms associated with teething which are sore and tender gums, flushed cheeks and dribbling. It contains a 6c homeopathic potency of natural Chamomilla and is suitable from 3 months old.
Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules cost £5.85, available from Boots, Holland and Barrett, selected grocers, Lloyd’s pharmacies and all good independent health food and pharmacy stores. Always read the label. For more information please visit teetha.com or join their Facebook community @TeethaUK for some more parenting tips and tricks.
*If you are concerned about any symptoms that your baby may have, in particular if they have a fever, please consult your doctor