The Sydney Day Nursery Study Results Abstract
A Qualitative Evaluation of WrapMeCool® in a Pre-school Setting — a cotton wrap/scarf that provides instant and effective cooling of the body. Click here for the full report (pdf).
Jill Church RN, GradCertHSci, GradCertIntCareN., and Gwen Roland, HCA cert
Hot weather can affect a child because their bodies cannot adjust to changes in temperature as well as adults. Children sweat less, reducing their bodies’ ability to cool down, and they generate more heat during exercise than adults. Simple preventative strategies may reduce children’s risk of overheating and developing a heat-related illness.
WrapMeCool® products (wraps and scarves) are made of 100% natural, breathable cotton and are designed to be worn damp in order to provide instant and effective cooling of the body. SDN Children’s Services (Australia) agreed to trial WrapMeCool products in a number of childcare centres. The findings will assist SDN Children’s Services to determine whether the products support compliance with the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s National Quality Framework.
To evaluate the efficacy of WrapMeCool products in a preschool setting and the potential for management of children in their care who may be febrile or heat-stressed; for the prevention of sun exposure and; for heat stress among staff.
Three preschools located in Australia participated in a two-month trial of the products. Each preschool was provided with 3 wraps and 6 scarves and given instructions on the use of the products. Staff in each child care centre were asked to complete anonymous questionnaires to provide useful quantitative information; and were invited to participate in a face-to-face interview to provide useful qualitative information.
30 child care staff participated. Findings from the interviews (n=24) indicated 95% of respondents found the products useful and easy to use and all respondents said they would use the products again. Respondents were evenly divided regarding children objecting to the wraps and scarves. Despite this, 82% of 11 respondents to this question found the products offered comfort to a child. All respondents agreed that staff would benefit from using the products. 83% of respondents said they would consider purchasing the products for their centre.
According to questionnaire responses (n=14), the products were used 0-5 times (n=8), 6-10 times n= 4) and >10 times (n=2) during the two-month trial. 28% of respondents used the products for potentially febrile children, and 72% respondents for children with heat stress. 86% respondents found the products ‘very useful/useful’. One respondent found them ‘not useful’. Most respondents (64%) found the products ‘very useful’ or ‘useful’ in the care of staff.
The findings from this small study suggest that preschool staff found that WrapMeCool products may be useful in a preschool setting to manage febrile or heat stressed children and heat stressed staff. Further research would enhance the current findings.
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