Doctors warn of dangers behind leaving kids alone in hot cars

Doctors warn of dangers behind leaving kids alone in hot cars

THE TEMPERATURE OUTSIDE WAS 86 DEGREES AT THE TIME. THE STRONG SUMMER HEAT COMES WITH A STRONG WARNING FROM METRO DOCTORS. JULIE: THEY SAY IT TAKES JUST MINUTES FOR THE HIGH TEMPERATURES TO PUT YOUR LOVED ONES IN DANGER. KETV NEWSWATCH 7’S JOEY SAFCHIK SPOKE TO OMAHA’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL ON THE RISK TO YOUR CHILDREN THIS SUMMER. SHE JOINS US LIVE. REPORTER: ROB, JULIE, BEYOND THE LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OF LEAVING A KID ALONE IN A CAR, THERE CAN BE SERIOUS DANGERS TO THAT YOUNG PERSON’S HEALTH. TEMPERATURES INSIDE A CAR CAN INCREASE RAPIDLY, UP 20 DEGREES IN JUST 10 MINUTES. AND LEAVING THE WINDOWS SLIGHTLY OPEN DOESN’T STOP THAT HEAT FROM GETTING DANGEROUSLY HIGH. PLUS, A KID’S BODY HEATS UP WAY FASTER THAN AN ADULT’S. EVEN PEDIATRICIANS HAVE SYSTEMS TO MAKE SURE THEY NEVER LEAVE THEIR KID ALONE OR ASLEEP IN THE CAR. >> FOR ME, IT’S PUTTING MY LEFT SHOE IN THE BACKSEAT OF THE CAR. I THINK OUR LITTLE KIDS ARE THE ONES WE ALWAYS THINK ABOUT WHEN IT COMES TO HEATSTROKE. BUT OLDER CHILDREN ARE JUST AS PRONE TO THESE CONDITIONS, ESPECIALLY IF THEY START WITH A LITTLE BIT OF DEHYDRATION. REPORTER: AS A PARENT, NEVER LEAVE YOUR KIDS IN THE CAR, EVEN IF YOU’LL ONLY BE GONE FOR A MINUTE, OR IF THEY’RE ASLEEP. AND MAKE SURE TO ALWAYS LOCK YOUR VEHICLE, WITH KEYS OUT OF REACH, SO KIDS CAN’T PLAY IN IT AND ACCIDENTALLY GET LOCKED IN. AS A CIVILIAN, CALL 911, IF YOU SEE A KID ALONE IN A CAR. BACK TO YOU. JULI

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Doctors warn of dangers behind leaving kids alone in hot cars

Temperatures inside a car can increase rapidly — up 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. Leaving the windows slightly open doesn’t stop that heat from getting dangerously high. A child’s body heats up significantly faster than an adult’s.Even pediatricians have systems to make sure they never leave a kid alone or asleep in the car.“For me, it’s putting my left shoe in the backseat of the car,” said Dr. Rachel Schlueter of Children’s Physicians in Nebraska. “I think our little kids are the ones we always think about when it comes to heatstroke. But older children are just as prone to these conditions, especially if they start with a little bit of dehydration.” Watch the video above for the full story.

Temperatures inside a car can increase rapidly — up 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. Leaving the windows slightly open doesn’t stop that heat from getting dangerously high. A child’s body heats up significantly faster than an adult’s.

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Even pediatricians have systems to make sure they never leave a kid alone or asleep in the car.

“For me, it’s putting my left shoe in the backseat of the car,” said Dr. Rachel Schlueter of Children’s Physicians in Nebraska.

“I think our little kids are the ones we always think about when it comes to heatstroke. But older children are just as prone to these conditions, especially if they start with a little bit of dehydration.”

Watch the video above for the full story.

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