Too many layers, even in the winter, can lead to baby overheating in their sleep. Your house thermostat may not give an accurate reading for the room your child sleeps in, so you might consider using a baby monitor that measures room temperature.
At what temperature do babies overheat?
For infants, a normal temperature is considered to be 97.5 degrees fahrenheit (36.4 degrees celsius). A temperature around 100.4 degrees fahrenheit (or 38 degrees celsius) is considered too hot for a baby. Why do babies overheat?
Why do babies overheat easily?
Babies and children need to be watched carefully during hot weather. Babies and children sweat less, reducing their ability to cool down, and they generate more heat during exercise than adults. They are at higher risk of overheating and developing a heat-related illness.
What are the signs of a baby overheating?
Worried your baby is overheating? Here are the signs
- feels hot (with or without a fever).
- looks flushed or red.
- is sweating or has damp hair (though keep in mind that babies can be overheated without sweating)
- acts fussy or restless.
- has an elevated heart rate (tachycardia)
- seems overly tired, sluggish, or listless.
How do you know if a baby is overheated?
Signs of Overheating
- They feel warm to the touch.
- Your baby’s skin is red.
- They have a rapid heartbeat.
- They have a fever but aren’t sweating.
- Your baby is lethargic or unresponsive.
- Your baby is vomiting.
- Your baby seems dizzy or confused.
Will baby wake up if too hot?
Babies will wake and cry if they’re a bit chilly, and you can solve the problem then. But they won’t likely do the same if they’re too hot. And while I don’t like to spark fear, especially when the summertime heat is beyond our control, overheating is a risk factor for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
Why is SIDS risk higher at 2 months?
Most SIDS deaths happen in babies between 1 and 4 months old, and cases rise during cold weather. Babies might have a higher risk of SIDS if: their mother smoked, drank, or used drugs during pregnancy and after birth. their mother had poor prenatal care.
How does overheating cause SIDS?
Babies should be kept warm during sleep, but not too warm. Studies show that an overheated baby is more likely to go into a deep sleep from which it is difficult to arouse. Some evidence indicates that increased SIDS risk is associated with excessive clothing or blankets and a higher temperature in the room.