Q&A: summer hives and getting rid of old car seats

Kamilah writes:

"My 19 month old is thoroughly enjoying the summer weather (we’re in Southern Ontario, so it’s a novelty to her); however, we are having some issues with hives.  I’m pretty sure that they only develop when she’s hot, regardless of actual sun exposure (e.g. she got them while sleeping late last night after a rainy hive free day; her room was hot and muggy).  I have no idea how to combat being hot while outdoors in the summer!  Do I just need to accept Benadryl as a part of our daily routine?"

Yikes. That's pretty gross for the poor little peanut. I know nothing about hives, so I'm hoping someone else will jump in here. My only suggestions would be to make sure she's sleeping in and on only natural fibers (cotton, wool, modal, bamboo, etc.) because even a little bit of synthetics can causy rashy prickly heat in some kids (like mine). Also, make sure that her room has plenty of good air circulation (a fan or air conditioner).

Does anyone else have hive-prevention strategies for the hot weather?

CCP writes:

"Help. I've got a basement with - amongst other things -  one newborn w/base car seat, a convertible car seat that a friend gave me but turned out to have a missing piece and then an extra booster seat that we no longer need. I've been searching high and low throughout the web and can't seem to find any information on how to properly dispose of previously used car seats. I live in Seattle and so far it appears that none of the local charitable organizations or child consignment stores will take them due to safety reasons - which makes sense. So, where do all the used car seats end up?

Many thanks for any direction you can steer me. Our basement is already overflowing with stuff we no longer need."

Good question. Here in the city people are so desperate to get grown-out-of car seats out of their apartments that we pass them on to anyone who'll take them as soon as we can. I've never had to deal with getting rid of expired car seat.

You can't donate them to someone who might use them in a car. It's just not safe, and there are enough programs to give current seats to families who can't afford them that you wouldn't be filling a need.

My first thought was that maybe the plastic could be recycled, so I did a little internet research. Recycling + baby gear = MotheringDotCommune, no? Sure enough, there was a very helpful thread about this exact topic from last summer. It seems that you can't recycle the seats, so they have to be thrown into the regular trash. To prevent people from dumpster-diving to get them and using unsafe seats, you should smash them into pieces first. A disappointing answer, but one that doesn't surprise me. (The other suggestion was to call the local police department to see if they needed any more used seats for a passenger safety training program.)