A guide to your baby’s body temperature

Generally, your baby will be at a comfortable temperature wearing one additional layer of clothing than you have on. However, every baby is different. Therefore, it’s important to check if your baby is comfortable: touch his neck, back, or chest to do so. His hands and feet are not a good indicator of his body temperature because his circulatory system has not finished developing and blood circulates more in the central organs than in the extremities. If you notice your baby is sweating or his skin feels hot, remove a layer of clothing. Check his temperature a few minutes later to see if he is cooler. On the other hand, if you feel your baby cold is when you touch him, add a layer of clothing. It’s best to dress your little one with more thin layers than very thick clothes. Not only is it more comfortable, it also helps to maintain his body heat isolated!

If you go out, take changes of your baby’s clothes and extra layers with you. It’s also a good idea to travel with a blanket so that if the temperature drops or you are in a very cold air-conditioned place, you can cover your baby. Checking your baby’s body temperature is very important because getting too hot or cold might put him at risk. Likewise, try to keep the temperature in his room at 68 – 72 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 61 – 68 degrees at night. According to pediatricians, this temperature protects the skin and respiratory track. Temperature recommendations may vary, so it’s good to check with your doctor as he may have a different opinion. It is also important that air conditioning isn’t directed at your baby. Don’t cover your little one excessively at bedtime, dress him in a pajama that covers his arms and feet, and avoid using loose blankets or loose sheets on the mattress; this puts him at risk for SIDS.

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