The summer stroller mistake

Posted by: Judit

2017-05-08

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Everyone knows leaving children in hot cars is a big NO, even for a few minutes. But as temperatures continue to increase every summer, a common stroller mistake could also be putting babies at risk. Covering a stroller with a blanket to shield your baby from the sun can cause the temperature inside a stroller to expand to dangerous levels. There is also bad circulation of the air and it is hard to see the baby with a cover over the pram.

Who would have thought something as innocent as covering your baby’s stroller with a blanket on a hot day could be a recipe for disaster? The thing is, young children are especially at risk for overheating and even heatstroke. Signs of heatstroke can include hot, red, dry skin; rapid pulse; restlessness; lethargy; rapid, shallow breathing; vomiting and unconsciousness.

What parents can do to avoid heatstroke in babies:

  • Dress your baby in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Try to keep your baby in the shade when outside — and check to make sure that he’s staying cool during car rides.
  • Give him more fluids than usual on hot days.
  • If the temperature is especially hot, keep your baby inside if you can.
  • If your home is very hot and you don’t have air conditioning, seek comfort at a public library, the mall, or a community shelter provided especially for relief from the heat.

We hope, that learning that the inside of a covered stroller can reach over 30 degrees on a mild day is enough to scare you out of the habit. This is definitely something to keep in mind for the future.

 

 

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