Health Tip: Kids in Hot Parked Cars

They can overheat very quickly

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(HealthDayNews) -- Never leave a sleeping child alone in the car while you dash into the grocery store, especially during the hot summer months.

Rising temperatures inside a car can cause a child to suffer from heat stress, dehydration, shock and death.

The temperature inside a parked car can top 122 degrees within 10 to 20 minutes on a typical summer day, according to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. And opening the window slightly does not keep the temperature at a safe level.

Young kids, particularly infants, are 3 to 5 times more sensitive to heat than adults. Due to the small sizes of their bodies, they can't regulate their body temperatures as quickly as adults.


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