Best ways to keep your baby cool during a heatwave

Temperatures have sky rocketed across Liverpool this week, with sunshine and warm days becoming the norm.

Storms have also lit up the skies during the night, but temperatures have still remained high.

While many of us enjoy the sunshine the heat can become overwhelming and it's important to know how to stay cool.

This is even more important for babies and little ones, who often can't complain that they're too warm – reports Mirror Online.

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So here's some of the best tips from experts on how to keep your little ones cool, happy and safe during the heatwave.

Don’t cover the buggy

Parents often put a blanket or cover over their baby's pram in the hope it will keep their child out of the sun, but a paediatrician has warned it could actually heat up the buggy like a thermos.

News outlet Svenska Dagbladet tested the theory and found a buggy without a cover reached 22C, but when a cover was applied temperatures rocketed to 34C.

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Check their bedding

The NHS advises keeping nightwear and bedclothes to a minimum for young children. Remove heavy bedding and do not cover your child when it's hot.

The advise said: "If your baby kicks or pushes off the covers during the night, consider putting them in just a nappy with a single well-secured sheet that will not work loose and cover their face or get entangled during the night."

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Put ice in your baby's room

Freezing bottles of water and placing them in your child's room at night can help to cool the air as they melt overnight.

Placing them in front of a fan will also help lower the temperature of the air circulating the room.

Never leave them in the car

Temperatures can soar in cars in an instant so never leave them alone in a vehicle for any amount of time, no matter how quick you plan to be.

Also try to limit long drives and use plenty of breaks to cool off.

Use flannels to cool them down

Soak a flannel in cool water and dab it on your child's head and hands to help reduce their temperature.

You can also give them a slightly cooler bath before bed to refresh them, but make sure it's quick to ensure they don't get too cold.

Think about their clothes

If their bedroom or your home traps heat and it's over 25C indoors, a nappy and a thin vest is probably all you need.

When they go out in the sun, make sure their skin is covered when possible, but that the fabric is breathable and light.

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Use a paddling pool

You should keep small children out of the sun where possible and set up a paddling pool for them to enjoy the fresh air and cool down. Add ice to the water if it's becoming too hot, as reported by the Daily Star.

Remember to apply sun cream frequently if they are in the sun and make sure they are covered in waterproof protection when they splash about.

Check their temperature and their bedroom

Keep an eye on your child's temperature to ensure they are not overheating, feeling the back of their neck rather than their hands or feet, or use a baby thermometer.

Also check the temperature of their room and if it's above 20C, try and find a way to cool it down.

The NHS says: "A nursery thermometer will help you monitor the temperature of your baby's room.

"Your baby will sleep most comfortably when their room is between 16C and 20C."

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