Parents always want to keep their children safe, but the scary truth is that sometimes that’s harder than it seems. With different things causing unknown hazards, it can be difficult to know what’s actually keeping our children safe, and what’s putting them in danger.
On a bright, warm day parents of young kids may be tempted to cover their stroller with a blanket to shield the kids from the sun. However, experts now warn that this well-intentioned act could be extremely dangerous.

On a hot day, parents of young children may be tempted to cover their stroller with a blanket to protect the kids from the sun.
But experts warn that this well-intentioned act could have very dangerous consequences…
Research shows that covering a stroller with even a thin blanket traps hot air in the stroller and can increase the temperature by 15 degrees.
The blanket poses the double danger of making the kids harder to monitor from behind the stroller and putting them in danger of heat exhaustion.
Over a prolonged period of time, excessive heat could cause infants to suffocate, and experts believe that heat stress can play a role in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Heat exhaustion also makes it harder for young children to communicate that they are in distress. Symptoms for parents to look out for include sleepiness, irritability, clammy and pale skin, or dry mouth, eyes, and skin.
Doctors agree that the best way to keep young kids safe from the heat is to keep them hydrated and to stay inside during the hottest part of the day, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
If you have to go out in the middle of the day, maximize your children’s safety with child-safe sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and stroller accessories like clip-on fans. 
Watch this video for more crucial information about preventing SIDS.
What an incredibly important thing to know. Parents should always do their homework when it comes to products and practices for keeping their kids safe!


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