Being a parent is no easy task. Not only do you spend your days trying to prevent harm befalling them from the many dangers of the world, but there’s also a whole host of things you might not even think of just waiting to trip you up.
Everyone knows leaving children in hot cars is a big no-no, even for a few minutes.
According to Swedish researchers, covering your stroller with a blanket – even if it’s a very thin cloth – can do quite the opposite of what you’re intending.
The newspaper decided to do a stroller experiment of its own, just to see what would happen. Here’s what it found:
Without a cover: The temperature inside the a stroller left out in the heat was 22 degrees Celsius (71.6 degrees Fahrenheit.)
With a thin cover: In 30 minutes, the temperature rose to 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 degrees Fahrenheit.) And after an hour, it was at 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.)
Sure, it seems only logical to cover your baby up and so protect them from the searing glare of the sun’s rays, but doing so can actually cause the temperature inside the stroller to rocket up to dangerous levels. A furnace-like effect is produced, making it extremely unsafe for a baby to be inside their stroller for any length of time.
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.