Hot car injury prevention

Since 1998, more than 700 children nationwide — 20 in Kentucky and 12 in Indiana — have died from heat stroke while left unattended in vehicles. It only takes 10 minutes for the temperature inside a vehicle to rise 20 degrees — 80 percent of the total heat rise occurs in the first 30 minutes. If a child is left inside even for a few minutes in a hot car, the consequences can be deadly.

It doesn’t have to be summer for a hot car-related injury or death; it can get up to 50 degrees higher than the current temperature inside of a car.

How to protect children from heat stroke and hot car-related injuries

More than half of child heat stroke deaths occur because parents or caregivers accidentally leave the child in the car. If you’re driving with a child in your car, use these tips to stay safe:

  • Do not leave a child in a car unattended. If you are exiting the vehicle, so should the child.
  • Choose an item that you need before leaving your car — a cellphone, purse or wallet — and place it on the floor in the back seat, in front of the child.
  • Set an alarm on your cellphone as a reminder to drop off your child at school or day care.
  • Set your computer calendar to remind you with a question such as, “Did you drop off at child care today?”
  • Ask your child care provider to call you if your child is absent.
  • Call 911 if you see a child alone in a car.
Prevention & Wellness – 5437

Helping girls with self-esteem

Remember that little girl who bounded through the day wearing a bathing suit, a glitter-frosted tutu, a superhero cape, a fire chief helmet and rain boots— all at the same time? Has your brave young […]

Read Full Story

Coming out: How family can support an LGBTQ child

Coming out is not a one-time event for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and intersex children and teens. It’s a journey of understanding, acknowledging and sharing one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity with others. It […]

Read Full Story

Safe sleep practices can help prevent SIDS

It’s a startling fact, but one that parents, family members and caregivers need to be aware of: Nearly 3,600 babies die each year in the U.S. due to sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), defined as […]

Read Full Story

What you need to know about eating disorders in children

For parents, a child’s eating habits can be a concern from infancy through the teen years and even adulthood. From the picky toddler who will eat only a specific food for days on end, to […]

Read Full Story

World Health Organization identifies gaming as a diagnosable mental health condition

Jay spent the start of summer glued to his Xbox. When his mom brought him to Healthy Living Workshops, a wellness series sponsored by Kohl’s Cares and held by Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness at […]

Read Full Story

Search our entire site.