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First hot weekend prompts reminder on kids in cars

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital ER Reminds Parents of Heat Safety in Cars
UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital ER Reminds Parents of Heat Safety in Cars(UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s)
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 12:30 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital ER is reminding parents to be extra cautious in this weekend’s warm weather, especially around vehicles.

Medical officials say children are especially vulnerable to hot weather, and their bodies can heat up three to five times faster than an adult.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics in just 10 minutes, a car’s temperature can rise 20 degrees, and with temperatures forecasted to be in the 90s this weekend, a child left in a car for just a short time can quickly experience heat stroke.

To keep children as safe as possible in high temperatures, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends caregivers keep their cell phone or purse by the child’s car seat, so they can remember to check the backseat at the destination. They also recommend keeping a parked car locked and keys out of reach to prevent a curious child from getting into cars without parents knowing. They say it’s best to teach children that cars and trunks are not a safe place to play. If your child is riding with someone else, call to ensure they safely reached their destination. Do not assume a cracked window or previously air-conditioned car will stay cool when the engine is off

If you see an unattended child left in a hot car, call 911 and get the child out of the car. UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital ER wants to remind caregivers that it is not safe to leave a young child alone in a car for any length of time. Pets should also not be left in hot cars.

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