Common Parenting Habit Dangerous for Babies During Summer

July 20th 2016

Laura Donovan

Strollers provide parents a simple way to get their babies from A to B.

But researchers are now cautioning parents about the potential dangers of stroller usage during sweltering summer months.

Researchers in Sweden have warned that adding a cover to a stroller in hot weather can create high heat levels and lower air circulation for the child inside:

Younger children are especially vulnerable to high heat because their body temperatures can rise more rapidly compared to older people, and high heat levels can put them at risk of developing a host of health issues, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Australian publication Kidspot reported.

“It gets extremely hot down in the [stroller], something like a thermos,” Swedish pediatrician, Svante Norgren told Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet in an interview, according to The Huffington Post Canada. “There is also bad circulation of the air and it is hard to see the baby with a cover over the [stroller].”

Writers at Svenska Dagbladet tested Norgren's findings by leaving a covered and uncovered stroller in the sun. The covered stroller was left out for an hour and the uncovered stroller was left outside for an hour and a half, and the covered stroller temperature was more than 10 degrees higher than the uncovered stroller temperature in that period of time.

Dr. Hamed Khan, an emergency department doctor at St. George’s hospital in the United Kingdon, was not surprised by the new research, he told The Huffington Post U.K. Babies are at a unique disadvantage because they cannot effectively communicate that they are too hot:

"Children in such situations are at risk of dehydration, especially if they are subjected to such high temperatures for a long period of time."

Dr. Khan recommends that parents check their baby frequently and make sure that they are properly hydrated in the heat.

[H/T PopSugar]