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Don’t let kids overheat like this

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With temperatures set to soar today and for the rest of the week, experts are warning not to let your children overheat in this way.

Sweltering heat

It’s a sight we see regularly in hot weather; parents will cover their child’s pram with a towel, cloth or blanket in order to shade them from the sun thinking they’re protecting them, but experts have warned this common practice could actually cause more harm than good.overheat

Recent experiments were conducted to see how hot it can get in a pram covered with a towel or blanket by leaving it out on a warm day between 11.30am and 1pm. When there was nothing covering the pram, the temperature reached 22C, but when the pram had a thin covering over the top the temperature reached 34C after just 30 minutes and rose to 37C after an hour.

Potential dangerous

Svante Norgren,  a paediatrician at the Astrid Lindgren children’s hospital in Stockholm, stated:

“It gets extremely hot down in the pram, something like a thermos. There is also bad circulation of the air and it is hard to see the baby with a cover over the pram. It would quickly become uncomfortable and potentially dangerous for the child.”

The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is significantly increased when babies are exposed to high temperatures. Svante Norgren explained: “If a child gets too hot then the child may think it is back in the womb which is why breathing may stop”.

So while parents think they’re protecting their children, they could actually be placing them in greater danger. It is better to put children in the shade, uncovered if they’re in their pram or pushchair rather than covering the pram, even with a very light covering.

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