A reminder of the dangers that lurk inside your pram on a hot Summer’s day.
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A timely reminder has been doing the rounds of the internet lately and even though many parents say it’s common knowledge, I think if just one parent learns from the message it’s worth a share.
I know I have been guilty of doing it myself. When trying to keep the sun off the baby. You grab a blanket, muslin wrap or the next best thing and toss it over the pram.
But a Swedish paediatrician Svante Norgren told local press: “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… if a child gets too hot then the child may think that it is back in the womb, which is why breathing may stop,” he says.
SIDS and Kids’ Jill Green says overheating isn’t the only risk.
“If the little one can grab onto that blanket, muslin, whatever and pull it over their head and face, we’ve got a bigger issue,” Ms Green tells Babyology.
“Can you see where your baby’s face and head are? Can you see that they haven’t rolled over into the edge of the pram and therefore squashed their little faces up against the side. We need to be able to see our little ones and know that they’re ok.”
Supervision is the key! Be aware of any toys, or extras you may have strapped to the pram. Always check things are attached securely and out of little fingers reach.
Well worth sharing in my opinion. Even in Winter I remember getting caught with a rain shield over the pram and my poor bubba getting rather hot. Never again!
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