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Kids And Hot Cars Are Not A Good Combination

Story By: Larry Stine



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  Original Published: 7/26/2013 It may be every parent's worst nightmare. Unfortunately, kids accidentally being left in hot cars is a real issue. With more on this, including prevention of these tragedies, here's Holly Firfer, with today's Health Minute. This public service announcement carries a message with the power to save lives. Simply put, "Never leave your child alone in the car even for a minute, whether they're in a car seat or not." The temperature inside that car can rise 20 degrees in a mere 10 minutes. And, that can be devastating to a child. "An infant doesn't tolerate heat as well as and adult and their cells can be injured," says Dr. James Fortenberry, a pediatric critical care physician. Injuries can ve serious, even deadly. IN fact, the organization, Kids-And-Cars.org, says on average, throughout the past 15 years, there have been 38 such fatalities annually in the U.S. alone. Experts agreem these tragedies are preventable, and offer these tips to all parents and caregivers. "A good reminder, visual reminder, might be to take that child's stuffed animal and have it in the front seat next to you," says Dr.Fortenberry. "You may want to bring your purse or laptop computer and put it next to baby's carseat." Whatever you do, never leave a child. "Not even to run into the store, to run back into the house," says Dr. Fortenberry. "You never know what's going to happen."
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