Month: May 2017

Spotting heat exhaustion and heatstroke symptoms

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are potentially serious conditions that can occur during warmer weather. Babies and young children are particularly at risk. Here’s how to spot and treat the early symptoms. What is heat exhaustion? Heat exhaustion is caused by a combination of exposure to heat and dehydration. It occurs when levels of water and salt levels in the body start to drop. The earliest signs of heat exhaustion is a body temperature of 37-40°C (98.6-104°F). Other indications include faintness, sweaty and clammy pale skin, shallow breathing and a weakened pulse. Treat heat exhaustion by: Moving your baby to...

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Keeping babies cool in hot weather

Keeping babies cool and comfortable during the summer can be tricky. Whether you’re spending time outdoors or just relaxing at home, here’s how to keep your infant safe and hydrated in hot weather. Staying hydrated To prevent dehydration, babies should be provided with extra fluids. Exclusively breastfed babies do not need extra drinks of water, but they may need to breastfeed more frequently than usual. Bottle fed babies and those on solids can be offered cooled boiled water throughout the day. Their usual milk feeds should be given first, then water top-ups. Keeping babies cool during the day Dress...

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2017

Looking for Father’s Day gift ideas? This year Father’s Day lands on Sunday 18th June and we’ve hunted around for our favourite presents to suit different budgets and tastes. Whether your dad is the outdoors type or a laid-back homebody, we hope you’ll find the perfect gift idea for him. The XL Man Box This extra-large gift box by Ross and Ross Food comes with a warning: it’s only for the hungriest and hardiest men in your life. Each box includes a manly banquet of tasty treats that come straight from the Cotswolds – bottles of ale and larger,...

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Essex Splash Parks: Great Places to Cool Off this Summer

Cool down this summer at one of Essex’s splash parks. When temperatures start to rise, these water play areas are an ideal place for children to burn off some energy without overheating. All for the parks opening hours are subject to change due to weather conditions, cleaning and maintenance. Please check with the park before travelling. Essex Splash Parks Maldon Splash Park Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon, CM9 5JQ Open April – September, various dates from 11am – 4pm or 10am – 6pm. Maldon Splash Park is a highly popular attraction that features ground water jets, ‘umbrella’ and high...

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Curb Your Toddler’s Sugar Cravings

Having just experienced the season of chocolate otherwise known as Easter and taking my son to his first Easter Egg Hunt, it was blatantly apparent the impact an overdose of sugar has on a small person! Whilst I understand that ‘treats’ are normal I also know the impact that a childhood full of sugar can have in their adult life.  With diabetes and obesity increasing as well as being more prevalent in children and teenagers I feel sometimes we are fighting a losing battle, especially when I saw Easter Eggs being sold in my local supermarket in January! Our...

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