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Babies: Fab 5 keep cool tricks

By asoglin
Tuesday, July 31st, 2007 at 4:01 pm in Babies & Tots, Fab Five.

Star moon ILLUS.jpgAs summer temperatures rise and those glorious night breezes fail to blow, it’s easy for babies and young children to overheat while sleeping. Here are five tips to help keep your tots cool at night:

1) Banish sun — Draw blinds or curtains during the day to block out heat generated by the sun.

2) Let in air — Open all windows in the evening to create cross ventilation. Place a block of ice in a shallow dish in front of a fan to circulate cool air throughout the room (but turn the fan off before putting baby to sleep). Also try hanging wet towels over the room’s open window because evaporating water can cool the air.

3) Remove extras — Strip the bedding to a sheet only. For infants who don’t move around a lot, you also can remove the crib bumper pad to allow air to circulate better. Let baby sleep in just a diaper.

4) Lower body temp — Run cold water over baby’s wrists and ankles, especially when they are sweating or appear overheated. Bath them before bed in lukewarm water.

5) Add cool extras — Try a cool mist humidifier or ice pack teddy bear for use while baby sleeps. Holmes Cool Mist Humidifiers sell for about $30 to $50. Stephan Baby offers a Boo Bear ($7) stuffed teddy bear with an attached compartment for ice cubes or an ice pack.
Ann Tatko-Peterson

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