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Children's health

16th Jun 2022

This common mistake can increase the risk of heatstroke in babies

Temperatures have already reached highs of 19 degrees today.

Parents of babies have been told to be cautious as temperatures rise in Ireland.

The risk of heatstroke is higher as temperatures hit 20 degrees this week.

Baby Doc Ireland has advised parents not to put blankets over their babies as it can cause heatstroke.

They explained that covering buggies and prams with a blanket to shade an infant is actually really dangerous.

“Completely covering a stroller with even a thin blanket can create a furnace-like environment. If no air is being circulated under the blanket, temperatures can rise fast.”

Parents have been advised to beware of the signs of heatstroke.

They include hot, red, or dry skin, rapid pulse, lethargy, restlessness, shallow or rapid breathing, vomiting, and unconsciousness.

Instead of using a blanket, parents should opt for an umbrella to help shade their child from the sun.

You could also limit their exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Seeking shade when outside is another thing that can help during warm days.

Make sure your child is wearing light and comfortable clothing. Try to avoid layering up thick clothes as this will make them uncomfortable.

Parents have also been told to stay indoors if the temperatures are too high.

“Give little one more fluids than usual on hotter days. You could even try breast milk ice lollies if you are breastfeeding” Baby Doc Ireland stressed.

Staying safe in the sun is essential to avoiding heatstroke, as well as sunburn.

Doctors suggest that all babies under the age of 6 months should not be exposed to direct sunlight.