The UK reached sweltering highs over the Bank Holiday weekend.
While this is great news for all the sun-worshippers out there, hot weather can also be a fraught time for parents - especially those with young children and babies.
Worryingly, babies and young children are especially vulnerable to life-threatening conditions such as heat stroke and dehydration.
Heat stroke can occur in a matter of minutes with young babies, meaning it's important to know what the signs are - and what to do.
A pre-cursor to heat stroke is heat exhaustion, Baby Center explains.
In this instance, you may notice your baby is more thirsty or tired than normal, or that their skin is cool and moist.
If they're able to articulate themselves, they may also complain of leg or stomach cramps.
If your baby's heat exhaustion progresses to heat stroke, he may have any of the following symptoms:
Firstly, you'll need to reduce their temperature as quickly as possible as babies and small children can fall unconsciousness easily.
Then call an ambulance.
While you wait for the emergency services to arrive, keep sponging your baby down in cold water, ensuring they're positioned in as cool an area as you can find.
Don't feed them water or any medication.
Getting over-heated is unfortunately very easy for babies and children, especially if they're not used to the hot weather.
To help prevent heat exhaustion either happening or developing into heat stroke, dress your little ones in loose-fitting, lightweight clothes.
If outside, keep them in the shade and keep any eye on them during hot car rides.
Ensure they get more fluids than usual and if the weather is very hot, keep them inside.
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