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I’m a child safety expert — don’t cover your stroller in the heat | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey


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Consider this a blanket parenting rule.

Michelle Pratt, founder of the Florida-based child safety organization Safe in the Seat, warns in a new TikTok video that shielding children from the sun on a hot day with a blanket over their car seat or stroller could be dangerous.

“Covering your baby and their stroller can be really dangerous, because it creates what’s called a greenhouse effect trapping that hot air and lack of circulation in the stroller,” Pratt explains in the clip, which has reached over 843,000 views since it was posted last month.

Pratt runs an experiment with four strollers with different types of covers. She places thermometers in each one, checking the temperatures after 10 minutes, 30 minutes, and one hour.

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🌡️🥵 Temperatures are rising and while you may be tempted to completely cover your child to protect them from the sun, you would be doing more harm than good. Placing a blanket or cover over the top of the car seat can create a “greenhouse effect”, limiting airflow and causing temperatures to rise to dangerous levels. ☀️Heatstroke begins when the core body temperature reaches about 104°.  ☀️A child can die when their body temperature reaches 107°. I put 4 common ways we see car seats covered to the temperature test in full sun on an 87° day. All of the covered options were over 107° after 30 minutes. 😳 This is all the more reason to limit your baby’s time in their car seat when outside of the car. Plus, when their seat is covered, you no longer have a line of sight to your baby and that is a must when out and about. Did these results surprise you? #stroller #carseatsafety #heatstroke #carseatstroller #parentingtips #safeintheseat

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A child safety expert took to TikTok last month to explain why it can be dangerous to cover a child’s car seat or stroller in the heat.
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Michelle Pratt utilized four types of strollers in her demonstration.
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Pratt noted heatstroke can occur when the core body temperature reaches 104 degrees.

The day of her demonstration, the outside temperature was 87 degrees, and the thermometer started at 92 degrees.

After 10 minutes, the temperature in one of the covered strollers rose all the way to 112 degrees — with the rest of them near or over 100 degrees.

And, after 30 minutes, all of the stroller temperatures topped 100 degrees.

“These seats have now been outside in direct sunlight for 60 minutes, and what we’ve seen is the temperatures here are pretty similar to what it was at the 30-minute mark,” Pratt noted.


Pratt put thermometers in each stroller and checked the temperature after 10 minutes, 30 minutes, and an hour.
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After just 10 minutes, most of the strollers topped 100 degrees.
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Pratt explained the dangers of using blankets and covers in the heat in the video.
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She continued, “The majority of heat increase happened in those first 30 minutes. Bottom line, these types of covers create dangerously high temperatures inside of your car seat.”

Pratt recommends getting kids out of the car seat as soon as possible on hot days, giving them frequent breaks while they’re in the stroller in direct sunlight, or even adding a fan to the stroller or car seat.

“I know you think adding covers like these is going to protect your child, in fact, I hope you’ve learned that it does quite the opposite,” she concluded.

The Post reached out to Pratt for comment.


“The majority of heat increase happened in those first 30 minutes,” Pratt explains in the video.
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Medical experts have also warned against draping a blanket over a child’s stroller or car seat.

Swedish Dr. Svante Norgren told Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet in 2014 that the temperature in strollers can become “something like a thermos.”

“It gets extremely hot down in the pram, something like a thermos,” Norgen said, according to Parents.com. “There is also bad circulation of the air, and it is hard to see the baby with a cover over the pram.”

North Carolina Dr. Christian Nechyba echoed Pratt’s sentiments about a stroller covering causing a potential greenhouse effect, in a 2016 interview with an ABC affiliate.

“You might think you are shading the baby from sun, but you are actually trapping in heat kind of a greenhouse effect, so that’s certainly not advisable,” Nechyba said.


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