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This Why You Need To Stop Covering Your Baby's Buggy With A Blanket

This Why You Need To Stop Covering Your Baby's Buggy With A Blanket

This Why You Need To Stop Covering Your Baby's Buggy With A Blanket
It's safe to say a majority of us know the dangers of placing a blanket over a stroller to keep a baby shaded in the warm summer months. However, many don't know how risky even a thin muslin blanket can be.
Just last week as I strolled through the park with four of my children I walked past two fully shaded buggies and I couldn't help but notify the parents, in the kindest way possible of course. 
Call me a busy body or whatever but I believe unless we point out these simple parenting errors how are we to learn? 
Svante Norgren, a paediatrician at the Astrid Lindgren Children's University in Stockholm recently told the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet that the lack of airflow causes the temperatures inside covered strollers to rise that can pose a serious risk to small children. 
"It gets extremely hot down in the pram, something like a thermos," Norgren told Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.
The newspaper tested Svante's theory and discovered that after 90 minutes, an uncovered stroller heated up to 22 degrees, while a buggy with a thin blanket reached 34 degrees in just 30 minutes. After an hour in the sunshine, the temperature in the pram hit 37 degrees.
Babies and young children are more vulnerable in the heat as they sweat less, they can't tell you when they're too hot and their ability to regulate body temperature is much lower in comparison to older children and adults. 
This can increase the risk of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion, dehydration and heatstroke
Other signs of overexposure to heat include extreme thirst and tiredness, restlessness, quick breathing, vomiting and faintness. 
If you want to keep your baby cool and sunburn free invest in a large canopy or mesh sun shield designed specifically for use with buggies to ensure adequate airflow.
Always dress baby in light, loose fitted clothing and if your baby is under one year of age offer more breast milk or formula than usual to keep him/her hydrated
Try to avoid peak hours in the sun and keep baby in the shade as much as possible. 
Kellie Kearney is a Dublin mammy of 5 adventure loving kids. Kellie is a coffee addict and picker-upper of things who loves cloth nappies, making lists, getting the kids outdoors and sharing her every day true to life moments on Instagram