June 29, 2022, 6:00

    Parents urgently warned over ‘life-threatening’ pram mistake many make in hot weather

    Parents urgently warned over ‘life-threatening’ pram mistake many make in hot weather

    Temperatures in the UK have smashed records today, with it being the hottest of the year so far.

    It's reached a sizzling 32.4C at Heathrow in west London this afternoon, while temperatures could soar to 34C in some parts of the south east later.

    If you're out and about today with your little one, be sure to take care – and heed an urgent warning that's been issued for parents of babies.

    Mums and dads have been warned by experts not to cover their child's pram with a blanket or cloth to give the tot some shade as this actually can create a 'greenhouse' effect and cause kids to overheat.

    Instead, they should use a parasol or sunshade, which can be clipped to the side of the buggy.

    The pram should be covered with a clip on parasol or sunshade, not a cloth or blanket (stock photo)

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    Experts at the Lullaby Trust, an organisation that raises awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have told how overheating can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

    SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby where no cause is found.

    The NHS also has information about overheating and SIDS on their website.

    They say: "Overheating can increase the risk of SIDS. Babies can overheat because of too much bedding or clothing, or because the room is too hot.

    "When you check your baby, make sure they're not too hot. If your baby is sweating or their tummy feels hot to the touch, take off some of the bedding."

    For those seeking more advice, a spokesperson for The National Childbirth Trust recently told The Telegraph : "When you’re out and about, try and find a shady spot to sit or walk-in.

    "Although putting a covering like a muslin or a blanket over the buggy might seem like a good idea to keep the sun off your baby, it stops the air circulating and can make them too hot.

    "Instead, it’s better to use a clip-on parasol or a sunshade designed for your buggy."

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