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Experts warn parents to never put a blanket over a child’s pram

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Experts have issued a warning to parents to never put a blanket over a child’s pram.

Keeping your baby cool in the heat is essential as overheating has been found to increase their risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

However, parents who try to shield their children from the sun by covering their pram with a blanket or muslin cloth are unknowingly making the temperature inside their pram soar.

Researchers in Sweden found that it can become as hot as a furnace, with Dr Svante Norgren telling The Sun:

 “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.”

In testing the research, he found that on a hot day, without a blanket over the pram, the temperature inside was 22 degrees Celsius. However, once the pram was covered the temperature jumped to a whopping 34 degrees.

As babies cannot effectively regulate their body temperature this is extremely dangerous.

Instead parents are advised to keep their children in the shade, remove sides from your pram if possible for more air.

You can also cool your baby down by removing some of their clothing and keep checking their body temperature by feeling their tummy.

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