New Zealand is in a heatwave! This tropical weather can be really nice (bring on the beach), but it also comes with some hazards that we might not be used to dealing with - especially around our little people.
In hot weather, babies and young children can rapidly lose body fluids through sweating - much more so than adults.
This fluid loss can lead to dehydration, which is especially dangerous for small children.
If your child has these signs, visit your doctor or an after hours clinic immediately or call 111 for an ambulance.
You can also call PlunketLine on 0800 933 922 if you're unsure.
Here are our top recommendations for keeping your little ones safe, cool, and hydrated in the warmer weather:
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your local Plunket people or call PlunketLine (our free, 24/7 parenting helpline) on 0800 933 922.