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Kids and Cars: Why You Should Never Leave One With The Other

 June 3, 2015  /  Comments Off on Kids and Cars: Why You Should Never Leave One With The Other

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So you want to rush into the store real quick and leave your child in the car, right? Think again. You see, children and cars don’t go well together.

Every year, there are heartbreaking stories of people losing their kids or having them permanently maimed because they left them in the car for what they thought was a very short time.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t take very long for something terrible to happen when you leave your children in a car unsupervised. Here, we’ll discuss some of the reasons why.

Heatstroke

According to kidsandcars.org, one of the foremost nonprofits dedicated to children safety in cars, about 38 children die every summer from heatstroke caused by being locked in a car.

This tends to happen around convenience stores, when parents rush into the store to get whatever they need. Unfortunately, short errands can soon turn into long ones with the parents not knowing just how much time they’ve spent in the store.

The truth is that many parents don’t know how quickly it can get hot in the car, even when the windows are cracked open — temperatures on a hot day can climb inside a car by about one degree per minute.

This all it takes for the kids to suffer from heatstroke. Your vehicle is essentially a greenhouse when it’s stationary and left in the sun. Since kids may not know how to get out or may be asleep, it’s just best to never leave them alone.

Kids and Cars: Why You Should Never Leave One With The Other

Trapped Limbs

Every year, children are permanently maimed because they had their limbs stuck in a tight area in the car for an extended period, cutting off the blood flow and sometimes resulting in amputation. This is terrible and completely avoidable.

Locking Parents Out

A child’s idle hands can unwittingly lock their parents out of the car when they are waiting for them to return. This is even more dangerous if a parent leaves the engine running to dash into a store for a few minutes as they can’t get back in the car without the keys. Carbon monoxide becomes an additional risk, particularly when the windows are closed.

Accidental Gear Shifts

Children can be restless. It’s what they do at that age. This means that they could accidentally fiddle with the gear, automatically setting the vehicle in motion. The results are almost certain to be disastrous.

Trapped in the Trunk

Children have been known to roll through the back seat into the trunk of the vehicle. This can be terrible when there’s no one around, as the kid could suffocate from the heat and confinement.

Missing Children and Missing Cars

This is one of the worst things that can happen to parents. Every year, we hear of cases where someone left a child in the car only to come back and find one of the other of them missing. Whether the child escaped to places unknown or was the victim of a crime, this can be one of the most tragic things a family can endure.

No parent hopes for any of the above scenarios. In this and many other cases, prevention is always preferable over a cure. Never leave your kids in or around cars for any reason. If ever something goes wrong, don’t be afraid to break into your own car. As a parent, you’re probably already familiar with the locations of local hospitals and pediatric urgent care centers like the facilities found at www.nightlitepediatrics.com but if you suspect an imminently life-threatening situation, always call 911 immediately.

Oscar King is a freelance writer and family man who contributes articles and insights into the challenges of modern living and the all-important job of being a parent.

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