Last week, we had to Walgreens real quick, so I started the van, let it cool, and off we went. When we got to Walgreens, Mister’s skin felt a little warm, so I checked his temp with the temporal scanner, which is always in my bag, and it was 99.1F. He’s had some sinus drainage, so I made a mental note to myself to recheck it in a bit, and we started our shopping.
When we were finished, I again checked Mister’s temp, and it was 97.9F. I didn’t think too much about it, since his basal body temp runs between 97.5F and 98.1F. I put the kids in the van, and we drove home.
When we got home, I went to unfasten Mister’s safety belt, and he was irritable and his ears were red… sure signs that he was hot. So, I checked his temp again. 104.2F.
Yes, in the space of less than seven minutes (the amount of time it takes to drive from Walgreens home), his temp went from 97.9 to 104.2F.
I brought him inside, stripped him down, gave him a moist cool cloth, and some water to drink. He sat on the couch for about fifteen minutes, then was back to his normal rambunctious self.
I was bewildered.
After thinking about it for a few minutes, I grabbed my TempGun (which we had from when we had lizards, and it can read surface temps from -27F to +428F) and went out to check the temperature of the car seat cover.
No wonder his temperature climbed so quickly, I was literally putting him in the hot seat. It just as well have been an oven since he is unable to sweat.
I now have the TempGun in my purse as well, and needless to say, I check the temperature of his car seat cover before I put him in it. When he as an infant, we were able to stuff ice packs under the cover of his infant carrier, to keep it cool and keep him from overheating. Because the cover of the convertible seat is made of a different material, I didn’t think it would be a problem, and with the way this seat and cover are made, I can’t stuff the ice packs under the cover without disturbing the integrity of the cover. Of course, I am not a scientist (I just play one on T.V.), but I can only theorize that the heated cover warms him up, then the foam (or whatever) cushioning of the seat traps the heat in.
So now, I am looking for a car seat cooler. Do you have one you can recommend? Because Mister doesn’t sweat, I don’t think the “wicking” ones would really work for him.
Until I find one, I will be leaving the kids at home with Hubs when I run errands if I can’t precool the van.