Parents warned over putting blanket over pram on hot days

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The warning has been doing the rounds on social media and serves as a stark reminder of how dangerous placing a blanket or muslin on a pram in the summer can be.

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First published on Monday 7 June 2021 Last modified on Thursday 10 June 2021
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Baby tries ice cream for the first time Parents have been warned NOT to put a blanket over a child’s pram or buggy during the coming heatwave, as it could cause heatstroke and can increase the chance of developing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Though it may be tempting to protect a baby or young child from the sun by placing a muslin or blanket over their pram or pushchair, parents are being reminded not to do this by childcare specialists and organisations, as it can lead to extremely high temperatures inside the pram.
Childcare provider Sophie Campbell shared her warning over on Facebook and it’s a stark reminder of how dangerous the hot weather can be for little ones.
She said: ‘With hot weather here, I thought it would be a good time to re-share my experiment I did a few years back.
‘It’s been shared over 20,000 times over the years, and potentially could have saved lives.
‘It doesn’t matter what you put over the top, a muslin, blanket or towel, the results will all be similar, and the outcome could be horrendous.’
Sophie went on to add that, despite seeing many people posting about this warning on social media, she had still seen children in pushchairs with a blanket over them.
‘Still to this day, I see babies/children in pushchairs on very sunny and hot days with blankets draped over them to block the sun and heat out…. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS!!!,’ she explained.
Using a child’s doll, Sophie then went on to demonstrate what actually happens to the temperature inside the covered up pram or pushchair.
‘Dolly had her factor 50, 5* UVA suncream on, her drink to keep her hydrated and sun hat on.
‘But it was still hot, so I thought I’d put a blanket over her to block the sun out.
‘I also popped a thermometer in with Dolly.’
She added: ‘The temperature before a cover over her was about 35 degrees.
‘After just 12 minutes I thought I’d see how it was going….The temperature had risen to 45 degrees!! Another 15 minutes later we were pushing onto nearly 50 degrees.’
Sophie continued: ‘All I can say is, thank goodness Dolly is a dolly.’
The childcare provider added: ‘Please, please think before you do this to an actual child as the thought of the outcome is just unbearable.
‘Please share the life out of this post to reach people who may not know how severe doing this could be!’
The Lullaby Trust also warns against putting a blanket or muslin over a pram or buggy, saying: ‘Covering a pram or buggy with a blanket could lead to overheating, which increases the chance of SIDS.
‘Using a cover also creates a barrier between parent and baby, which is risky as parents won’t be able to see if their baby is having difficulties or monitor their temperature easily.’
Instead, the organisation recommends attaching a clip-on sunshade or parasol to a pram or buggy instead.
They also suggest checking if a baby is getting too hot by feeling their chest or back.
It’s not the first time this shocking warning has been shared among parents and organisations.
A Norwegian TV channel also shared a video showing how a buggy covered with a thin blanket can rapidly heat up in a short space of time. Within 20 minutes, the temperature inside the buggy had reached 37 degrees.
You can buy clip-on parasols that are designed to fit most models of prams and pushchairs – see more details here at Amazon.
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