NSW Health has issued a number of warnings about placing blankets, towels and light cloths over prams to cover up babies.
While it may seem as though you’re just harmlessly providing your child with shade, without significant airflow under the covering there is a significant increase of heat suffocation.
Overheating and re-breathing in carbon dioxide can also increase the baby’s risk of SIDS, shares Daily Mail.
Queensland Children’s Hospital director of paediatric medicine Dr David Levitt has suggested that temperatures under the covering can be 15C higher than the outside air temperature.
‘The combination of no airflow, heavier clothes and the babies’ poorer temperature regulation lead to potential heat injury which can be life-threatening,’ Dr Levitt told The Sunday Mail.
Parents are being advised by Queensland Health to keep babies out of the sun between 11am and 5pm as a precaution.
‘An enclosed pram can get very hot; try to ensure that the air circulates around your baby by removing the back panel (if possible) or placing them in more open strollers,’ their website states.
The NSW Health website advises that hot weather can affect your baby or child because their bodies cannot adjust to changes in temperature as well as adults.
Babies and children sweat less, reducing their bodies’ ability to cool down, and they generate more heat during exercise than adults.
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