Is it dangerous to cover a baby's pram? sun#babies#prams#health#safe#
Updated: Aug 11, 2019
During the hot summers, it is important to keep our babies safe. Some parents think covering their babies pram while they are in the sun is a great way to stop children being in direct sunlight and prevent exposure to potentially dangerous UV rays. However, is this a safe way to protect our babies?Or does it carry more risk?
The Dangers Of The Sun
Children, especially those who are younger, are at significant risk if they’re exposed to long-term direct sunlight. UV rays are associated with skin damage that can cause cancer and other skin diseases. At the same time, without regular drinks, children can become dehydrated.
The hottest time of the day is between 11 am and 3 pm.
We want to protect our babies, but it is hard to know what to do. Many parents cover their child’s pram. Doctor Chodhari, from the Royal College of Paediatrics, has suggested that most of the time, covering the pram is fine. After all, most have ventilation for when parents use rain covers to keep children safe.
However, if you’re out and about between 11 am and 3 pm, then Doctor Chodhari suggests that covering the pram can cause the temperature to increase in the pram. Therefore, there is a risk of dehydration or, worse case scenario, heat exhaustion.
Covering Up During The Hottest Time Of The Day
The NHS recommends that children under six months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight. If you and your child have to be outside during the middle of the day, it is recommended that you use a sunshade or parasol, as these can protect your child from direct sunlight while not increasing the temperature in the pram.
At the same time, children should be offered plenty of water, diluted fruit juice or home-made lollies to help keep them hydrated and cooler. You should also use sun hats and factor 30 sunscreen.