As parents, one of the scariest thought you may have is if your baby's is too warm or too cold, because it's not always obvious right away. In fact, you're not alone if you've been known to sneak into your baby's room at night, just to make sure their temperature was OK before drifting off to sleep on your own. Although checking the temperature of the room is a great place to start, there are other signs your baby is overheated that you should pay attention to as well.
No matter what the season of the year is, there's always the chance your baby will get too hot. It certainly happens more often in the summer, but overheating isn't off the table in fall or winter either. Things like dressing your baby in too many layers or turning up the heat in their room are common culprits of causing babies to overheat even when the weather is cold outside.
According to the Mayo Clinic, babies and children have less developed abilities to regulate their internal temperature, making them more susceptible to overheating than adults. To make sure your baby's body temperature is at the right level, be sure to dress your baby appropriately for the weather and keep the temperature indoors cool enough.
But even if you follow all the rules, there's still a chance your baby could over heat. So be sure to keep an eye out for these symptoms of heat stroke, which can happen at any age, at any time of year.
The first sign your baby is getting too hot is that they'll start to feel warm to the touch. According to Swaddle Designs, parents should be sure to check their baby's chest, back, and neck to make sure they're at a comfortable temperature both when they're sleeping and throughout the day.
When your baby is sleeping, it's important to make sure they're not wearing too many clothes. What to Expect recommended parents dress their newborns in one light layer more than what an adult would wear to feel comfortable — be it a swaddle or a pair of socks and a warm jacket for going outside.
Keep in mind that some children naturally get more red than others when they're hot. This can be a normal reaction to physical activity or hot weather, according to Parenting. The danger lies in having beet-red skin combined with these other symptoms, which is a sign of heat exhaustion. Try removing a layer or turning down the temperature if you notice your child's skin getting abnormally red.
The Mayo Clinic noted that one a rapid heart rate is one sign of overheating because the stress placed on the body causes it to work hard to cool off. This is a late sign of overheating and you should do everything in your power to quickly cool your baby off.
If your baby has a temperature of 103 degree or higher but isn't sweating, Baby Center noted that they may be overheating.
Another emergency sign of overheating is lethargy or unresponsiveness, according to New Kids Center. If your baby isn't responding to your touch or tickles or seems less animated than usual, be sure to check their temperature and cool them off immediately.
Family Doctor identified nausea and vomiting as signs of heat stroke as well. Although it may be hard to tell if your baby is nauseous, if they're vomiting and aren't sick otherwise, overheating may be the source.
Similar to lethargy, someone who is overheating will seem disoriented and likely faint. Parenting recommended bringing your child into the shade, removing layers, and giving them cool water to help them cool off quickly, should this happen to you.