Parents Warned Not To Cover Baby Buggies With Blankets

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When it’s absolutely sweltering outside, the only person whose health you want to look after as much as your own is your baby’s.

And to try and protect children from the sun, many parents cover their baby’s prams with blankets in order to block out the sun’s rays - but experts say that this is actually a very, very bad idea.

Torleiv Ole Rognum, a forensic scientist and specialist in child deaths, told Tv2 that the temperature inside a pram can reach 37 C in just 20 minutes.

Even a light blanket over a buggy has been found to put children at risk of heatstroke or even sudden infant death syndrome. 

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Rognum said: “The children must have sufficient access to fresh air… children can become very hot and not be able breathe. 

“It gets extremely hot down in the pram, something like a thermos.”

If your baby is suffering from the heat, a blanket can also dangerously obscure them from view:

"There is also bad circulation of the air and it is hard to see the baby with a cover over the pram.”

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“If a child gets too hot then the child may think that it is back in the womb, which is why breathing may stop.”

Rognum therefore urges people to speak out if they see a baby in danger.

"We must dare to speak out… in an orderly way when we think someone is doing something completely wrong.”

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