Can sheepskins keep babies cool in the heat?

It seems counterintuitive, but many people claim that sheepskin can keep babies cool in the heat. It’s a claim that’s sort of true.

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Nothing will keep you cool like being well hydrated with appropriate shade, but for everything else there’s sheepskin.

Can sheepskin lower a baby’s temperature? Of course not. But unlike any man made fiber it works by wicking moisture away from the skin. This makes sheepskin ideal for babies in the heat.

Does sheepskin keep babies cool in the heat? Yes. Can sheepskin lower their temperature? No. – Use shade, fans, damp cloths if necessary. What sheepskin will do is wick sweat away from your baby’s skin and help maintain a steady temperature.

Use sheepskin as a bed, seat cover, picnic blanket or even emergency changing mat (easy washing instructions here).

Sheepskins also make a great addition to a picnic, giving you an instant soft bed for a flaked-out tot. Lay it out under a tree and baby should be fine with just a light cotton sheet on top. Pack water, obviously, and check baby’s temperature regularly – sheepskins help regulate temperature but they are not fridges.

From the NHS “Things you can do to cool someone down”
Follow these 4 steps:
1. Move them to a cool place.
2. Get them to lie down and raise their feet slightly.
3. Get them to drink plenty of water. Sports or rehydration drinks are OK.
4. Cool their skin – spray or sponge them with cool water and fan them. Cold packs around the armpits or neck are good too.
Stay with them until they are better.
They should start to cool down and feel better within 30 minutes.

More from the NHS
Wash and Dryable at 30 degrees Celsius

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