Nairobi weather has become unbearable lately! The heat is, in my opinion, the worst we’ve ever experienced. Nairobians call it the ‘equinox’. It’s so bad that I’d rather stay indoors than go out. If I have to be out, I’d rather be swimming than baking in the dry heat.
Here are a few tips for mums when it comes to taking care of your babies or toddlers in this heat:
- Less is more! Ditch the sweaters and stockings. Let your child experience the breeze than killing them with layers of clothes since ‘it could get cold’. If you’re sweating, imagine what your child could be going through. If you’re going out, pack a sweater just in case, but let the poor child breathe! This goes for hot nights too.
- Hydration is key! This is not the weather for cold juices or sodas – they are packed with sugar and will only rehydrate you and your child. Water is your friend – have them sip on water throughout the day. If your child doesn’t like water (for any reason) add a bit of fruit in it. If your child is below 6 months, keep breastfeeding as breast milk has lots of water.
- Try your best to keep your child out of direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm when it’s hottest. If outside, have them splash in a pool or water fountain, or have them play under a shade. This will minimize the risk of sunburn or heatstroke.
If you have any more tips, feel free to share. Let’s now wait and hope that the temperatures will go down.