We know that babies do not have the same UV protection in their eyes like adults. You can read all about this in our blog: How UV damages eyes. Therefore babies can grow up to get eye diseases like cataracts, pterygium, actinic & droplet keratites, pinguecula and macular degeneration. Most of this this damage starts at an early age. And this is the reason why. So when babies are laying down in a pram looking up at the sun you will notice their discomfort. Please read on to find out how prams harm eyes and what you can do to avoid this happening to your baby.
Even when they get a little older and are sitting up in a pram they can receive up to 3 times more UV rays in a pram than an adult standing up. Especially if the pram is low to the ground and facing forward. Even bringing the cover or hood over, only makes it worse. UV rays do bounce of hard surfaces like asphalt, concrete or even water. These rays then gets trapped under the hood. And due to the curved shape of most covers the UV rays concentrate on the babies head like a solar collector.
How prams harm eyes and ways to avoid it happening
So what should you look for in a pram that will give the best possible UV protection for your baby’s eyes.
- a high pram – to stop UV from bouncing up off the ground and into the pram.
- a large hood – to stop the sun’s rays from entering into the pram.
- have the pram reversed as often as possible so when you are pushing the pram you can use your body to shelter the baby from the opposite side to the hood.
- a matt, dark coloured pram will also reflect less sunlight into your babies eyes.
- and when your toddler is sitting in a pram facing forward you should also have an extra UV protective shade cloth draping down the front. Not too dark so they can still see out.
- also wearing good quality sunglasses when in the pram will eliminate even more UV rays from damaging your baby’s eyes.
By following these tips you will reduce the chance of your child ending up with unwanted UV related eye disease. Diseases like cataracts, pterygium, actinic & droplet keratites, pinguecula and macular degeneration, leading to blindness later in life.
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