Stop Shielding Baby In Stroller With A Blanket

June 10, 2019

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Dermatologist say that we get most of our lifetime sun exposure by the time we're 18. And it can be tricky to try to keep an infant protected from the sun. Parents generally want to avoid using sunscreen on infants under six months old, so when you’re out for a stroll, it can be tempting to throw a lightweight blanket over the opening to keep the sun off those bare baby feet. But that could be making things more dangerous, not less. Pediatricians have warned that a lack of airflow within the stroller can cause temperatures to soar quickly and put them at increased risk of heat-related illness, dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. One trail found the temperature of an uncovered stroller rose to 72°F after 90 minutes. The stroller covered with a thin blanket rose to 99°F in just 30 minutes. Instead of using a blanket, use a large canopy large canopy, or a mesh or perforated sun shield designed for your specific stroller. Dress your baby in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers the arms and legs and avoid the sun when its rays are the strongest, from 10 am to 4 pm. The American Academy of Pediatrics says a little sunscreen on an infant under 6 months is okay. Parents can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF to small areas, such as the infant’s face and the back of the hands. Remember it takes 30 minutes to be effective.

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