Keeping Your Kids Safe in the Summer Heat: Tips from the ER


Did you know that a child’s body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s?  It’s true.  That’s why it is extremely dangerous for a child to be left or play in an unattended car.

“It is never, under any circumstances, okay to leave a child in an unattended car, even if the windows are down,” says Samuel J. Prater, M.D., Medical Director of Emergency Services for Memorial Hermann-TMC and an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. “Make sure to check the back seat before leaving a car unattended. One habit that can help ensure the safety of children traveling in cars is to place something you will be sure to take with you when you reach your destination – a cell phone, bag, briefcase, purse, etc. – in the back seat near a child so that you are reminded to check the back seat when you arrive at your destination.”

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