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Babies and children are more susceptible than adults to the effects of heat

As Britain experiences record heat, and temperatures across the UK continue to climb, it is essential that you protect your children - and yourself - from the heat.

三级成人视频Parents spend plenty of time worrying that their babies and young children are too cold, and piling on the layers. In fact, the dangers of overheating can be more serious; in hot weather, , where the body is no longer able to cool itself and the body temperature becomes dangerously high. Heatstroke can put a strain on the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys, and can be life-threatening.

三级成人视频Babies and children are more susceptible than adults to the effects of heat and need to be monitored carefully during hot weather.

Use the following checklist to remind yourself of the serious risks families face in high temperatures.

 1. Buggies

A common mistake parents make is covering a buggy or push chair with a blanket to shield their baby from the sun, or to act as a blackout blind on bright days. Even the thinnest of cloths or blankets can have a furnace-like effect on the inside of the buggy, according to Swedish researchers.

三级成人视频"It gets extremely hot down in the pram, something like a thermos," Dr Svante Norgren, a paediatrician in Stockholm, .

In reporting on the study, the newspaper did its own testing on the effects of the sun on a buggy's temperature, leaving it in the sun between 11:30AM and 1PM.

三级成人视频Without a cover it reached a temperature of 22C, but when a thin cover was placed over the stroller for 30 minutes, the temperature inside the buggy hit 34C.

In hot weather, do not pin even a light cloth over the top of the buggy, as it can cause your child to overheat quickly 

A startling number of babies and toddlers die each year when their parents accidentally leave them strapped into their car seats in hot cars CREDIT: DASHA PETRENKO - FOTOLIA/DASHA PETRENKO

2. Cars

A startling number of babies and toddlers die each year when their parents accidentally leave them strapped into their car seats in hot cars. 

Nearly . Numbers in Europe appear to be proportionally lower than in America - which is unsurprising, given the high temperatures recorded in US southern states, but between 2007-2009, there were seven fatalities in France and Belgium, according to . One such tragedy was reported in Ireland in 2017.

How can we prevent hyperthermia deaths?

  • Never ever leave a child alone in a car
  • Read Gene Weingarten’s haunting Pulizter Prize-winning feature , which tells the stories of these tragedies with compassion.

3. Sleeping arrangements

  • If you have booked a hotel or villa in a warm climate, check in advance to be sure that there are on-site fans or air-conditioners. If there are not, ask the operator to provide them.
  • Choose the coolest room in the house for your child. Keep the heat out by closing shutters or curtains, while also making sure that the air can circulate around the child’s cot (don’t use cot liners). Don’t leave babies asleep in a pram as they can become very hot and high sides do not offer good air circulation.
  • Give your child a lukewarm bath to cool them down.
  • If you use a fan, don’t point it directly at the child; instead, use it to keep the air circulating. Make sure that your child cannot touch the fan, as the blades are a hazard for small fingers.
  • If you have an air conditioner, make sure the room does not get too cold: set it for 24C.

How to prevent heat-related illness

Follow these tips to keep your baby or child healthy in hot weather.

What are the signs of heatstroke?

  • Hot, red dry skin
  • Fast pulse
  • Restlessness
  • Lethargy
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Unconsciousness
  • Fewer wet nappies than usual

How to prepare your baby for the heat

  • Dress them in lightweight, loose clothing
  • Try to stay in the shade - but make sure this shade has good airflow
  • Encourage your baby to drink more fluids than usual on hot days - water is the best - and make sure that you do, too. If you are breastfeeding, this means doing so more frequently than usual, as this is your child’s way to hydrate.

三级成人视频For more information, read the  to protecting babies and children from heat-related illness.