It may be every parent's worst nightmare.
Unfortunately, kids accidentally being left in hot cars is a real issue.
With more on this, including prevention of these tragedies, is Holly Firfer in today's Health Minute.
This public service announcement carries a message with the power to save lives. Simply put ... "Never leave your child alone in the car even for a minute, whether they're in a carseat or not ..."
The temperature inside that car can rise twenty degrees in a mere ten minutes. And that can be devastating to a child.
"An infant doesn't tolerate heat as well as, as an adult ... and so their cells can be ... injured ... "
Injuries can be serious, even deadly. In fact, the organization KidsAndCars.ORG says that, on average throughout the past fifteen years, there have been 38 such fatalities annually in the U.S. alone.
Experts agree these tragedies are preventable, and offer these tips to all parents and caregivers.
"A good reminder- visual reminder- might be to take that child's stuffed animal and have it in the front seat next to you you may want to bring your purse or laptop computer and put it next to baby's carseat ... "
Whatever you do, never leave a child.
"Not even to run into the store, to run back into the house// you never know what's going to happen ... "
For today's Health Minute, I'm Holly Firfer.