A Dangerous Stroller Mistake Many Parents Are Doing in the Hot Weather

It’s normal to want to keep your baby cool during hot summer days and protect them from the sun. However, this doesn’t mean that throwing a cover on their stroller is a good idea. As a matter of fact, this is a very dangerous mistake that way too many parents are making and it needs to stop ASAP!

Why Covering the Stroller Is Dangerous

Woman pushing a stroller
Svante Norgren, a pediatrician at the Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital in Stockholm, said that parents are making matters worse when they try to keep their baby from the sun with the use of covers. Whether it’s a thin muslin blanket or something else, the condition inside the stroller can get quite uncomfortable for the little one. The risk of something bad happening also rises significantly. The cover will keep the air from flowing freely and will make temperatures rise inside the stroller.

The Test Results

A newspaper decided to test the pediatrician’s theory and they found out that for 90 minutes, a stroller that has not been covered heats up to about 70°F. A stroller with a thin covering reached 93°F in just 30 minutes, and 30 more minutes later, the temperature reached 98°F. This is a result of the covering blocking the airflow inside of the stroller, just like it happens in a car. And this can pose an incredibly high risk to little ones.

Why It’s Important to Skip the Cover

It’s important to know that babies and little children can get affected by heat way more than older children and adults. They sweat a lot less and can’t regular their body temperature all that well. They also can’t tell you when they’re feeling too hot and this puts them at a big risk of heat-related illnesses, heat exhaustion, dehydration, and heat stroke. Babies and small children who have been exposed to heat for too long can be more tired, thirsty, and faint. Other signs of heat-related illnesses include restlessness, vomiting, and quick breathing. Some already existing medical conditions can get worse in the heat.

To avoid all that, use mesh covers or specially designed sun shields for strollers. Dress your baby in light clothes, give them more fluids than usual, avoid the peak hours, stick to the shade, and check on them regularly.