Look Before You Lock: Prevent Child Heatstroke in Cars

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By Katherine Beckmann, Ph.D., M.P.H., Senior Policy Analyst for Early Childhood Health and Development

As temperatures across the country continue to escalate above average highs, it is more important than ever to understand the health effects for children.  Infants and young children are particularly sensitive to the effects of extreme heat and must rely on others to keep them safe.  In fact, when left in a hot vehicle, a young child's body temperature may increase three to five times as quickly as an adult.

On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle (http://www.safekids.org/heatstroke). These deaths are preventable, and everyone in the community – especially parents and Head Start and child care providers – have roles to play in protecting our children. 

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