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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about 38 children die of heatstroke each year in the United States. Studies show that about half of the incidents involve a loving parent or caregiver forgetting about a sleeping child in the backseat. Curious children may sneak into an unlocked car to play and get locked in, so if your child is playing outside and disappears for a few minutes – check the car immediately, including the trunk.

Children left in a parked car, even on what feels like a cool day, are at risk of heatstroke. Also a child’s body’s temperature rises 3-5 times faster than an adult’s.


a) instruct your child’s caregiver to give you a call if your child doesn’t show up by a certain time.

b) place a stuffed animal in the front seat as a reminder that your child is riding along

c) Sometimes if you leave a key item of your being like a cell phone, wallet, bag on the backseat or on the ground then you are liable to open the door to look for it and then that’s when you can see that your child is there

d) If you see a child in a parked car – call for help.

Source: Tips on how to prevent hot car deaths by 19 Action News Digital Team

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1. Keep them out of direct sunlight. Let them play out early in the day or after 7pm.

Wear sunscreen and protective clothing when playing out in the sun.

Wear hat and coolers if necessary.

2. When they are out, make them drink plenty of water and electrolytes. Electrolytes are basically salts.

We don’t recommend Gatorade, Powerade or any other –ades.

Instead use coconut water or make your own:

· 2 lemon halves squeezed into a glass

· 2 orange halves added

· Squirt of honey

· Four shakes of salt

· Fill the rest of the glass with water

3. Wear light colored clothes. When you get hot you sweat — but it’s not enough to just sweat. To cool off, you need that sweat to evaporate. It’s evaporation that drains the heat from your body. To help the sweat evaporate, you want air to flow over your skin — as much of your skin as possible. Think light and loose clothing. Black or dark color clothes absorb heat. If you are planning to be outdoor a lot, use light color clothes, preferably something that lets moisture escape from the skin.

4. Avoid strenuous activities during peak heat time. Or you could come down with a heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), and heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Heat stroke can kill or cause damage to the brain and other internal organs. The most common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include: Confusion, Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration), Dizziness, Fainting, Fatigue, Headache, Muscle cramps, Nausea, Pale skin, Profuse sweating or Rapid heartbeat. If you, or anyone else, has symptoms of heat exhaustion, it’s essential to immediately get out of the heat and rest, preferably in an air-conditioned room. If you can’t get inside, try to find the nearest cool and shady place. Other recommended strategies include:

· Drink plenty of fluid (avoid caffeine and alcohol).

· Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.

· Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.

· Apply other cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.

5. Go to Cool places with refrigerated air. Besides your home AC, Malls, City library, Supermarkets and shelters provide some relief. Other places include: http://northtexaskids.com/ntkblog/index.php/beat-the-summer-heat-at-these-dfw-hot-spots/