You may not think you have to worry about heat stroke in the middle of winter, but it is possible for your baby to become overheated if they're sleeping or outside, bundled in tons of winter gear. That's why you need to know the ways to safely cool your baby down when they're overheated.
According to the National Institutes of Health, babies are at higher risk for SIDS in the winter months. This is why it's extremely important to be aware of baby's body temperature when they are sleeping or taking a long ride in the car.
Parents may feel the need to pile on loads of layers at the first sign of a chill in the air, but it is possible to overdo it and cause your baby to be too warm in the process. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infants up to one year only need one more layer than you would wear to keep yourself warm. So if you are melting in your winter layers, chances are your tiny tot is too.
If you notice that your baby is overheating, removing layers, uncovering her head, and giving a cool drink can help bring her body temperature back to normal. Although you may want to give your baby a fever reducer, according to Baby Center, acetaminophen will not reduce a temperature caused by heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
As you prepare your baby for the winter temperatures, remember to avoid the temptation to load up on layers and know what you can do to keep her body at a safe and comfortable temperature.