The dangers of leaving kids unattended in cars - AmericaNowNews.com

The dangers of leaving kids unattended in cars

You've heard the story by now. It's tragic: a 3-year old boy dies after being locked all day in a car. Stories like this are reported far too often.

It doesn't take long for a small child left in a hot car to be in a life-threatening situation.

"Probably within 30 minutes, a child can rapidly progress into heat stroke and the body begins to shut down," explains Dr. Brian Stout, a pediatric emergency room doctor in Baton Rouge.

Over the summer, Stout treated several children who had been rushed to the ER in serious condition after being left in hot cars alone.

"If left untreated, [heat stroke] can progress to permanent brain damage or even death," he says.

With the windows up and the engine turned off, the temperature inside of a vehicle can rise from 80 degrees to just over 110 degree in as little as 10 minutes. Children are especially vulnerable to heat stroke because their bodies heat up three to five times faster than the bodies of adults.

Safe Kids USA® reports that at least 500 children have died in this country after being left in hot cars since 1998. The message is clear: never leave a child in a car unattended – especially in the heat.

If you see a child locked in a vehicle and can't get them out, Stout recommends that you call 911 immediately and notify them of the emergency.

Copyright 2011 America Now. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

    Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:04:54 GMT
    Fugitive Fridays tracks down Central Virginia's most wanted. Take a look at the photos and see if you can help police track down these suspects.
    Fugitive Friday helps track down Central Virginia's Most Wanted.
  • Six deadly foods for dogs

    Six deadly foods for dogs

    Every pet owner knows a dog can get into just about anything around the house. One woman found that out the hard way when her dog ate a bunch of grapes! Turns out, that's one of the most dangerous foods
    Every pet owner knows a dog can get into just about anything around the house. But these common snacks could be fatal for Fido.
  • Mouse droppings cause disease

    Mouse droppings cause respiratory disease

    Mice are one of the most resilient mammals living on the planet. Some people have them as pets, and they're also used in laboratory experiments. If wild mice get inside your house, they can potentially
    If wild mice find a way inside your home, they can potentially cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your drywall and insulation. They can also transmit a harmful disease which can cause death in humans. 
Powered by WorldNow