When a baby is born, they enter an environment that is significantly colder than what they've been used to, so take precautions to keep your baby warm, and at a comfortable temperature.
Baby's head is 20% of the body surface, so must be dried immediately after birth, and kept warm. Did you notice all those knitted woolly hats at the birth unit or maternity ward reception? They're not just for show! When going out on a cold winter's day the head - and hands and feet - must be covered.
Adults shiver when we're cold, and the movement helps raise our temperature. Babies don't have this mechanism to keep warm, but they are born with a special kind of fat called brown adipose tissue, which the baby metabolises to produce warmth. Clever!
However, perhaps due to these reasons babies are often kept too warm, which can lead to dehydration.
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