Pediatric Expert Tips: Heatstroke in Cars
Did you know a child's body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult's? This makes kids far more susceptible to heatstroke, especially during the summer. On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths according to Kids and Cars. Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car and the end result can be injury or even death.
Watch this video of Children's Hospital's Emergency Department Director Ryan Redman, M.D., talking about heatstroke and the dangers of leaving kids in hot cars during the summer:
Heatsroke Prevention Tips
- Never leave a child in alone in a vehicle, not even for a minute
- Make it a habit to look in the backseat every time you exit the car (put something like cell phone, purse, work id badge or briefcase in back to require you to check)
- Always lock the car and put the keys out of reach
- Take action if you see a child alone in a car: call 911. One call could save a life!