ADVICE has been issued to parents in the district on keeping their babies and children cool and hydrated during the hot weather.

Jane Dickens, strategic breastfeeding lead with Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, says it’s important to remember that babies and children overheat and dehydrate quickly.

She added: “Whether you are breast or bottle feeding remember to follow your baby’s feeding cues as usual – you do not need to give any additional feeds or drinks. If you are breastfeeding, your body will adapt your milk to meet your baby’s specific needs – so will produce more hydrating milk on hot days. Your baby may want to feed more frequently, so keep an eye out for those cues, as well as breastfeeding when you feel the need or simply wish to relax with your baby.”

Children should be kept cool in light, loose clothing and protected from the sun with hats and sunscreen. Parents and carers should keep hydrated too and offer children extra drinks of water.

“Just a few simple precautions can keep babies and children safe and healthy in hot weather,” said Jane.

“If you are breastfeeding and would like some friendly support, advice or information, please do get in touch with Bradford Breastfeeding Buddies on Facebook.”

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