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As a first time mom I always have had a lingering fear in the back of mind mind of either myself or my husband of leaving our little one in the car. Especially down here in the south, where the summer time is brutally hot and humid. Once a car is parked, and its windows are closed or even left cracked open, temperatures can skyrocket. In a few minutes, the inside of the cars temperature reaches that of the outside air. Little ones are particularly at risk because their bodies can heat up 3 to 5 times faster than adults. The thought of this just sends me chill bumps.
You hear stories all of the time where one is left in the car, unbeknownst to the parent/guardian OR a child has snuck into a car unbeknownst to the parents/guardian. Either way it’s heart wrenching and gives me a lump in my throat kind of feeling when I hear or read about these stories. Then my mind goes to the idea that none of us are immune to this happening to us. So many times it’s innocent and that’s when it hurts even more.
My husband and I have talked about this several times in ways we could remind ourselves that the baby is with us! Our situation is a little different as I’m a Stay-at-Home-Mom slash Work-At-Home-Mom…so we aren’t in a daily routine of one of us dropping off a baby for care etc. Yet that still doesn’t make us immune to it happening in our family.
A few things I’ve learned or heard about along the way to help prevent leaving a little one in the car, that we have found helpful! Remember the word ACT as you read these tips!
- Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Also make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so children don’t get in on their own.
- Create Reminders: Place an item i.e. shoe, purse, cell phone etc next to the child. As soon as you get out of the car you will realize you don’t have that item and you’ll remember to get it, along with your child.
- Take Action: As always if you see a child in a car, left alone, immediately call 9-1-1.