Why a muslin or blanket over your pram can put baby at risk

A blanket over your baby's pram can put them at risk when it's hot
A blanket over your baby's pram can put them at risk when it's hot

So apparently we’ve all been making a critical error when it comes to taking our babies out in their prams when it’s warm.

It’s actually not ok to cover the pram with a muslin… you won’t be keeping your baby cooler but creating a hot thermos, according to doctors at a children’s hospital in Stockholm.

Paediatrician Dr Svante Norgren told Svenska Dagbladet: “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.”

The newspaper decided to test out Dr Norgren’s theory, leaving a pram outside in the midday sun between 11:30am and 1pm.

Uncovered it reached a temperature of 22 degrees celsius, but when a thin cover was placed over the pram for 30 minutes, it soared to 34 degrees – despite the fact it wasn’t even a particularly hot day.

Some prams have UV mesh covers, which are safer but it’s essential to ensure that loads of air can circulate.

 

 

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