(KUTV) With the weather heating up, the rate for childhood injuries also rises.
Today we’re talking about accidental heatstroke. Leaving a child unattended in a vehicle, even for just a few minutes, can have tragic results. Jessica Strong is Primary Children’s Hospital’s Community Benefit and Outreach Manager.
She’s here with reminders and prevention tips to help keep your baby safe.
- Never leave your child alone in a vehicle – even for a few minutes.
- An average 38 children die each year from being left alone in a vehicle, about a third of them infants. So far this year, six have died nationwide.
- Since 1998, 706 children have died of heatstroke while alone in cars.
- A child’s body temperature can increase 3-5 times faster than an adults.
- Cracking a window has very little effect on the temperature inside the car.
What you can do:
- Sometimes, children and toddlers are left alone in vehicles because the driver forgot they were there. This can happen to anyone, and with tragic consequences.
- We recommended parents and caregivers make a habit of checking your vehicle before leaving it.
- Keep a visual reminder next to you in the car as a cue that a child is with you. Examples:
- Place a stuffed animal or diaper bag in the seat next to you
- Place something you will need when you arrive at your destination in the back seat, like a cell phone or purse
- If you see a child left alone in a car, contact the police or call 911
More information: PrimaryChildrens.org/Safety