The summer stroller mistake
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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