We all know that leaving children in the car during the summer can be very dangerous, but have you ever thought that your walk in the park could pose a threat as well?
As temperatures continue to soar this summer, a common stroller mistake that most parents make could be putting their babies at risk.
Covering the stroller with a blanket, even a light one, to protect the baby from the sun can cause the temperature to rise to dangerous levels.
“I don’t like it because it will create more heat,” said Dr. Sarah Adams, a pediatrician at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio. “You are stopping the circulation of the air, which will impact the baby’s breathing and temperature.”
An experiment shows the effects of temperature with and without a cover.
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.)
It can be hard to believe that something as innocent as putting a light cover over a baby's stroller can have such hazardous effects.
Continue to the next page for the signs of heat stroke and how to prevent it in babies.