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What can I do to prevent my child from getting too hot in the child car seat this summer?

¿Qué puedo hacer para que mi hijo no tenga tanto calor en la sillita este verano?

27/06/2018

After a relatively cool spring, the summer has arrived in all its glory and has brought with it temperatures of up to 40 degrees in some parts of the peninsula. Therefore, it is time to decide what to do in order to ensure that our children cope as well as possible on car trips, given that they are seated in car seats which can mean children can get quite uncomfortable due to the heat.

We already well know, due to the number of articles and news items dedicated to this topic in the last few years, that with an outside temperature of 25 degrees and 10 minutes in the car in the sun a child can suffer from heatstroke. There is a whole host of advice on how to prevent children from suffering from heatstroke, but it is clear that if the temperature rises above 35 degrees children are going to get very hot. We offer some advice on how to lower the heat in the car seat, whether on long journeys or short daily journeys.

Keep the car in the shade for as long as possible

This might seem like a minor point if we are only going to stop for a few minutes to run a couple of errands, but finding a shady spot should be a priority in any situation. Anything that protects the car from direct sunlight will be appreciated once we get back into the car. Of course, no one can remain in the car if we are not moving, regardless of how short a time we are going to be stopping for.

The key to ensuring everyone suffers less from the heat once we are back in the car is to keep it parked in the shade for as long as possible. Finding underground parking would be the best option of all. We can then keep the child car seat cool.

This is a crucial point: if the child car seat is in direct sunlight some of its components can get dangerously hot and could even burn the child's exposed skin in summer. For example, the headrest can reach temperatures of over 60 degrees, while the seat itself can easily reach 50 degrees, and could cause relatively serious burns. Furthermore, the metal buckles of the harnesses can absorb the heat much more quickly and therefore it is very important to check how hot they are before putting the child in the seat.

An even better solution than looking for a shady spot is to take sunshades along with us. Once parked, even in the shadiest spot we can find, we can place the sunshades at strategic points. on the windscreen, of course, and also on the windows, since the more light that is covered, the cooler it will keep the car. 

 It is also extremely important to protect the seat so that our children do not overheat, and we can achieve this with a few different tricks: using strategically placed sunshades, although there are always parts that remain uncovered, or using covers specifically designed to cover child car seats (sunshade covers and anti-UV covers). You can also purchase breathable pads and mats that help children travel in a fresher environment.

Lastly, remember that it is a good idea to cool down the car as much as possible before putting the child in their seat, by turning on the air conditioning and opening the windows to clear out the hot air inside the car. Above all, take note of these specific pieces of advice in order for children not to suffer from heatstroke this summer.

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