Covering strollers could be health risk for children

Covering strollers could be health risk for kids
Posted at 4:32 AM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 18:56:40-04

Warm weather brings a warning for parents and guardians - putting a blanket over a child's stroller could be a health risk.

Protecting the child's sensitive skin from the sun's brutal rays is exactly why the shades on strollers exist.

"Sometimes we see, because of that, we don't get good ventilation in there and kids can get hot or warm and sweat," said Rachel Dawkins, a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins All Children's.

Dawkins says that coupled with dehydration could be dangerous."Usually, if a kid says they are thirsty it means that it's too late you really need to keep on them hydrated before they get to that point."

"It's so easy to think that when you're outside in the stroller that there's ventilation because they're outside," said Amy Tripplett, a parent in Pinellas county. "But if the stroller comes up to here there's no air getting down here."

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Dawkins says it's a good idea to not overdress your child and make sure the stroller is getting a good cross breeze - opening ventilation windows on the stroller if it has them or even adding a portable fan.

"Use your best judgment, if it is super hot outside and you are sweating it uncomfortable it probably means your baby is sweating and uncomfortable," said Dawkins.