Child Safety - Vehicular Heat Stroke #Blog

Sunday, July 21, 2013 0 comments
emm rasanya semua dah baca or tau about the latest news yang mother tertinggal @ terlupa anak dia yang umur 3tahun dalam kereta...i just couldn't and refuse to imagine how the child suffers before death...as a Muslim, itu ajal dia tapi kita yang ada kena learn from other people experience and that made me created this post...i was goggling around about this similar incidence and found lots of information on this, and some of it are;



Children left in Cars and heatstroke
Children’s bodies overheat easily, and infants and children under 3 years old are at greatest risk for heat-related illness.
• KidsandCars.org shows that 87 percent of children who died from vehicular heatstroke are age 3 and younger.
• A child’s body absorbs more heat on a hot day than an adult’s does.
• High body temperatures can cause permanent injury or even death.
• Heatstroke begins when the core body temperature reaches about 104 degrees and the thermoregulatory
system is overwhelmed. A core temperature of about 107 degrees is lethal.

Symptoms of heatstroke: Warning signs vary, but may include;
• red, hot, and moist or dry skin
• no sweating
• a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse
• a throbbing headache
• dizziness
• nausea
• confusion
• being grouchy or acting strangely

A vehicle heats up quickly, even with a window rolled down.
• A review of child heatstroke cases by NHTSA showed that heatstroke fatalities have occurred even in vehicles parked in shaded areas and when the air temperatures were 80 degrees F or less.
• Heatstroke can occur in temperatures as low as 57 degrees.
• On an 80 degree day, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes.

It can happen to anyone.
• Change to According to San Francisco State University’s Department of GeoSciences, in 52 percent of cases the child was “forgotten” by the caregiver.
• In more than 29 percent of cases, a child got into the vehicle on their own.

You can help prevent unnecessary deaths.
Never leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle, even if the windows are partly open, or the engine
is running and the air conditioning is on;
• Don’t let children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them a vehicle is not a play area;
• Make a habit of looking in the vehicle -front and back - before locking the door and walking away;
• Take steps to remember not to leave a child in a vehicle:
• Write yourself a note and place it where you’ll see it when you leave the vehicle.
• Place your purse, briefcase, or something else you’re sure to need in the back seat so you’ll be sure to
see a child left in the vehicle.
• Keep an object in the car seat, such as a stuffed toy. Once the child is buckled in, place the object where
the driver will notice it when he or she leaves the vehicle.
• Always lock vehicle doors and trunks and keep keys out of children’s reach. If a child is missing, check the vehicle first, including the trunk.
• Ask your childcare center to call you if your child doesn’t arrive on time for childcare.
If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 or you local emergency number immediately. If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly (not a nice bath but by spraying them with cool water or with a garden hose).

This is also a note to myself!!! Let help to share the information and kesedaran in order to save our lil ones life. And also, please be a more responsible individual, if you see an unattended child PLEASE do something!!! (....maybe like a big tight slap on the mother's or father's face and say are you crazy leaving you child unattended????)

info source: www.ggweather.com/heat/



 

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