Key takeaways: ‘Beat The Summer Heat’ Breakfast Event
Last week we held one of our popular Free Breakfast Events for mothers, with the theme ‘Beat the Summer Heat!’ Sponsored by Babyshop,WaterWipes and Al Ain Farms, the event was held at Bounty Beets Restaurant at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, in Dubai Marina.
SUMMER HEALTH RISKS
After a welcome introduction from host Kay Marham, the event started with a presentation from Dr Wafaa Faysal, Consultant Paediatrician HoD from Medcare Medical Centers. Dr Wafaa detailed many of the health risks and hazards to babies and young children associated with the soaring temperatures of the summer months. These included:
If you have young children with you, make sure you choose a pool with a safety fence around it.
Give your child swimming lessons from the earliest age possible.
Keep toys out of the pool when they’re not in use.
Do not allow children with diarrhea into the pool.
Do not take your eyes off your child even for a second – that’s all it takes to invite a catastrophe.
Avoid the summer sun from 10am until 4pm.
When in the sun, seek shade.
Make your children wear a hat and sunglasses.
Apply and reapply sunscreen of SPF 20 or higher.
NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN IN CARS
Even if you are nipping into a shop or busy petrol station, never leave your children sitting in the car, not even for a few minutes.
The temperatures in the summer heat mean that your child could overheat in a matter of minutes.
Get your children to drink plenty of water all day.
Give them foods with a high water content, such as chilled watermelon, cucumber sticks and natural fruit juice ice pops.
KNOW SUNBURN SYMPTOMS
Look out for your child having itchy skin.
Be alert if your child has red, tender and hot skin to the touch.
UNDERSTAND SUN POISONING
Your child may feel feverish.
Blisters may form on the skin.
Nauseous or upset stomach.
HEAT STROKE SYMPTOMS
If your child experiences any of the following symptoms, you must get them to an air conditioned place immediately, give them water and give them a cool shower:
Weakness or fainting.
Cold, pale or clammy skin.
Nausea or vomiting.
HEAT STROKE SYMPTOMS
If your child experiences any of the following symptoms, you must call 911 and immediately take action to cool them off – such as towels soaked in cold water and an air-conditioned environment:
Hot, red, dry skin.
Rapid, strong pulse.
Nausea or vomiting.
May lose consciousness.
KEEPING BABY & CHILDREN’S SKIN COOL
Caring for a baby and young children can be a challenge at the best of times. But the summer months bring additional challenges in keeping the skin of little ones cool. For this reason, WaterWipes gave a fascinating interview about the ways in which the icon wipe brand – known for containing only two ingredients (pure water and a drop of fruit acid) can be used to keep skin cool.
COOLING TIPS FOR USING WATERWIPES
Keep a pack of WaterWipes in the fridge to always have a skin-cooling wipe on hand.
The wipes only contain pure water and a drop of natural fruit acid, so they can be used to wipe around a baby or child’s face, neck area, behind the knees, wrists and hands, straight from the fridge, for an instant cool-down.
Keep a pack of WaterWipes in the freezer and then take them out with you in a cool bag to maintain their cooling power when you’re out.
Use the cooled wipes in the car, at the pool, and on every trip you take outside with children.
If your child’s bedroom feels too warm, cool down your child’s skin with a cool WaterWipe from the fridge when you put them to bed.
PRODUCTS FOR EASY TRAVEL DURING THE SUMMER
Whether you’re driving to the mall, visiting friends, taking a staycation or traveling abroad on vacation, traveling with a baby can be much harder than it needs to be during the summer months.
The Babyshop Personal Shopping Experts therefore demonstrated some of the most useful products for keeping babies cool in the heat, as well as easy travel solutions that are intelligently designed for mothers on the move. These products included high quality cotton baby sleepwear, known for its kindness to skin and cooling properties.
ABOUT OUR EVENT PARTNERS
Winners of multiple awards every year for their dedication to the needs of mothers and their children, the main event sponsor, Babyshop, supported this event by helping mothers to understand the products that help keep babies cool this summer, as well as travel safely through the vacation season.
WaterWipes were created when a first-time father was looking for a baby wipe that was pure and natural, with no chemical irritants for his baby’s delicate skin. Finding nothing suitable or pure enough on the market, the WaterWipes brand was born in order to care for baby skin in the most natural way possible – with only pure water, with just a drop of natural fruit acid.
Al Ain Farms
One of the country’s leading producers of juice and milk drinks Al Ain Farms has been nourishing families in the UAE for over 40 years and is supporting the event to remind mums about the importance of hydration throughout the summer!
F&B PARTNER: Bounty Beets Restaurant, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Resort, Dubai
The offerings of popular waterside restaurant, Bounty Beets, includes an extensive vegan menu as well as favorites from other dietary preferences.
CHILDCARE PARTNER: Vice Keeper
Knowing the busy lifestyles and time demands on mothers in Dubai, Vice Keepers provides a number of services that include house cleaning, child care and help with the household chores. This service also means that mothers can take the all-important time for themselves.
GIFT PARTNER: Trucare
Trucare helped to create a wonderful closing to the event by providing one of their car seats as a prize for one lucky mother in the end-of-event prize draw!