Heatwave health

We all come alive when the sun comes out. We head to the beach, go shopping, have a BBQ and so on, but walking down my local high street, I see so many mums making such a dangerous error with pram safety in the heat.

Right now, it seems to be a popular trend that when it’s hot, parents put a huge blanket over their prams. The thought is that this keeps the sun out, shading the child so they cool down. This is VERY VERY WORNG! Some parents have said that they have seen celebrities do this in magazines and thought ‘well that will keep my baby shaded’.

A range of child experts have been pointing out in the media over the past few days that covering child in their pram this way can dramatically increase the chance of them dying from SIDS and suffocation.

Svante Norgren is a paediatrician in Stockholm and spoke to a newspaper their saying:

“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.”

Research and tests carried out showed that with out a cover, the overall temperature in a pram was around 22C, but once a cover was added (like how we are seeing at the moment), the temperature reached 34C in half an hour and with in an hour, it had reached around 37C.
Covering your pram like this can be fatal for your child.
Covering your pram like this can be fatal for your child.
Norgren went on to explain that when a baby is in conditions that are this hot, their body and brain thinks it’s back in the womb. This is why the baby stops breathing.

This why using tested and suitable covers such as parasols are highly suggested. These products have been tested to make sure that they provide shade, reduce temperature and allow air to continue to circulate in the pram.

You can read his full interview and article here and please SHARE IT on your social media channels!

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