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UK extreme heat warning: how to look after pets and babies during a heatwave

Health experts have offered advice on how to cope, as the Met Office warns lives could be at risk with record-breaking hot weather expected.

Here’s everything you need to know about coping with the heatwave, from keeping your pets cool to making sure you’re drinking enough water.

How should I keep my baby cool in hot weather?

It’s important to avoid babies becoming dehydrated and overexposed to the sun – wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 regularly and keep their face cool with a wide-brimmed sun hat.

The Argos:

Babies under six months should be kept out of direct sunlight, according to the NHS, and older babies should also be kept out of the sun as much as possible.

Sleep consultant and CEO of Just Chill Mama, Rosey Davidson, advises placing bottles of frozen water in front of a fan for a “mini air conditioner” that helps babies sleep when it’s hot outside.

“You can also hang a wet towel over a chair — it helps to pre-freeze it in your freezer — the evaporating water cools the air,” she adds. “If your baby’s room is very hot, they can just sleep in a vest or diaper.”

How do I keep my pets cool?

It’s not just babies who struggle with the heat – pets are also at risk in extreme temperatures.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) advises dog owners to walk their pets in the morning or evening when it is cooler and provide adequate shade and water.

The Argos:

You can also keep them cool with pet-friendly frozen treats, and pet-safe sunscreen is also available.

Never leave pets alone in parked cars and be aware of the main signs of heat stroke – symptoms in dogs and cats can include panting, diarrhea and restlessness.

Should I exercise in the heat wave?

Avoid extreme physical activity during the hottest hours of the day, but there are ways to stay safe during the heatwave.

Try to do this during the cooler hours – early morning or evening – and drink plenty of water.

The Argos:

Going for a swim can be a great way to cool off, but make sure you do it in safe, supervised locations.

“People will want to cool off but don’t dive into open water as it’s colder than it looks,” warns the London Fire Brigade.

“There is a risk of cold water shock which can cause your body to go into shock no matter how fit you are.”

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