PEDIATRIC VEHICULAR HEATSTROKE DEATH’S By Terence Morris author, and founder PACETULSA AGS FOUNDATION. Tuesday, Sep. 8, 2020.
According to WebMd, Heat stroke can kill or cause damage to the brain and other internal organs. Although heat stroke mainly affects people over age 50, it also takes a toll on healthy young athletes and is one of the leading causes of non-crash-related fatalities among children.
Vehicle heat stroke occurs when a child is left in a hot vehicle, allowing for the child’s temperature to rise in a quick and deadly manner. On June 15, 2020, tragedy struck Tulsa, Oklahoma this weekend when two young children, ages 4 and 3, died in a hot car while on a visitation weekend with their father. Tegan, 4, and Ryan, 3, perished on Sunday and their father, Dustin Dennis, was arrested on two complaints of second-degree murder.
Currently, there are 21 such deaths without further information updates considered so far this year. In Tulsa, Oklahoma there are 2. Heat strokes begins when the core body temperature reaches about 104 degrees and the thermoregulatory system is overwhelmed.
A core body temperature of about 107 degrees is lethal. Unfortunately, even great parents can forget a child in the back seat. Other risk factors include caregivers who aren’t used to driving kids, or whose routine suddenly changes.
Whether you’re a parent, caregiver, or bystander of a child left in a car, it’s vitally important to understand children are more vulnerable to heat stroke than adults.
Use extra precautions when planning a trip with your child. If necessary ask a friend or loved one to travel with your family. Two supervisors are better than one. Always be aware of your child’s presence. Keep your baby hydrated at all times. Make sure your child is properly dressed for the weather.
If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately. If the child seems hot or sick,get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible.
Be especially careful during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays. This is when many tragedies occur.
Use drive-thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.) and pay for gas at the gas pump.
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