(WJBK) - Many parents rightfully think it's important to protect a baby from the sun's harmful rays on a warm day by placing a covering over their stroller. But that can also be dangerous.
Swedish researchers found that blanket can turn your stroller into a furnace.
Cleveland Clinic Children's Dr. Thomas Phelps compares it to the heat inside a car.
"Temperature and time are so key. You know, you could be in there for a minute, but if you're in there for ten minutes and the temperature is 85, 90, 100 degrees, that means then that car seat or that stroller, that temperature could be over 100 degrees," warns Dr. Phelps.
He says that temperatures over 80 degrees can be dangerous for a baby, as it puts them at risk heat stroke. In fact, the Swedish study found that after 30 minutes under a blanket, stroller temperature shot up from 72 degrees to 93 degrees.
Dr. Phelps says the best idea is to allow skin to breathe, air to circulate and look for natural shade.
"Think about what you do when you're hot, so the big thing is looking for shade. If I'm hot, I'm going to try to find shade; I might try to find a breeze, I might try to, you know, go under an over-hang, under a tree," he suggests.
As for sun protection, Dr. Phelps says if a baby is under six months of age, they really shouldn't be in the sun at all. For babies older than six months, it's okay to apply a baby sunscreen if they are going to be outside, but he says it's best to keep time outside at a minimum.