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I’m a pediatrician – what to do if you see a child alone in a hot car & the law explained

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy from Texas died Monday after sitting in a car for hours as his family prepared to celebrate a sibling’s birthday party.

“After 2-3 hours, mom realized that the child (5 years old) was nowhere to be found. she [the mom] ran outside to find her son still in the safety seat,” the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.

If you see a child alone in a hot car, call 911 immediately

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If you see a child alone in a hot car, call 911 immediatelyPhoto credit: Getty
A child can die if its body temperature reaches 107 degrees

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A child can die if its body temperature reaches 107 degreesCredit: GETTY Pictures

A child can die when his body temperature reaches 107 degrees, they quickly deteriorate.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that a child should never be left alone in a vehicle, whether the car is running, the windows are cracked, or the air conditioner is on.

“Heat stroke can happen when outside temperatures are low at 57 degrees, and a car can heat up 20 degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes,” said Dr. Kira Sieplinga, a pediatrician at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Michigan, in an interview with TODAY Parents.

If you are in a parking lot, try to find the owner of the car. When the car is in a mall, go inside and ask them to page out the owner of the car with the license plate.

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Ask other bystanders if they have seen the owner. If you cannot help the child out of the car, break a window to get the child out.

Most Good Samaritan laws provide basic legal protections for those who assist a person who is injured or in danger. They protect the Good Samaritan from “civil criminal liability if unintended consequences result from their assistance”.

“We still have a responsibility if we see a child in a car unattended,” Sieplinga said, adding.

“They should really tell 911 that this might be an emergency and let them know what’s going on and then consider getting the kid out of the car — especially if they’re unresponsive.”

Once the child is out of the car, immediately move them to a shaded area. Spray cool water to cool them down until help arrives.

The National Safety Council advises parents and carers to avoid distractions to reduce the risk of forgetting a child.

Put a purse or anything you need for the trip in the back seat before running errands.

The National Safety Council offers a free online course on the risk of heat stroke in vehicles and children.

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