July 31, 2014 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. Pro Consumer Safety reminds parents to never leave a child along in a motor vehicle. And while summer is a time for outdoors we offer a second reminder to keep children well hydrated with proper liquid and foods while hiking and during physical activity.

Children, Heat & Cars

Between January to August 2014, fourteen children younger than 2-years of age died from being left alone in a motor vehicle. 
On average, nearly every week in the U.S. a child under the age of two dies from being left alone in a car.  Why does this happen? Cases have confirmed over half of cases the parent forgot the child was in the vehicle; 29% the child was playing in an unlocked, unattended vehicle, and 19% the parent left the child, then got distracted and forgot the child.

Earlier in 2014, Pro Consumer Safety released guidelines for parents, caregivers and other adults to help keep children safe. These guidelines include 4-steps to success to help prevent these deaths:
  1. Never leave  child alone in a motor  vehicle, not even for a minute (it is illegal in many states-see link to website for these states). Remember to take your child with you first before leaving your car.
  2. Leave Reminders  on the floor by the baby (briefcase, purse, cell phone-something needed at your final destination). Especially important during a change in routine from day care to workplace. Request your day care provider to call you anytime the baby does not show up. This prevents forgetfulness during a change in routine.
  3. Lock Your Car: Keep your car locked when you’re not in it so children are unable to climb in on their own.
  4. Call 911: If you see a child alone in a motor vehicle, call 911. Save a Life, Save a Child!

Keeping Kids Hydrated

Keep children well hydrated when in the outdoors and during physical activity with the appropriate types of liquids and foods.
When children participate in physical activities from hiking to playing sports for example, keeping well hydrated is important. Never wait until the child is thirsty for example. Maintaining proper electrolytes is necessary to prevent dehydration and heat-related illness.

Hydration:
  • Water (not sweetened fruit or energy drinks or soda)
Energy:
  • Nuts/trail mix (nuts, seeds, dried fruit, M & M’s)
  • Dried fruit (raisins, apples, pears, peaches, bananas)
  • Raw fruit/vegetables
  • Nutrition bars (Tiger's Milk Bars, power bars, Cliff Bars, etc.) See more by visiting the link below.

 


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         As an injury and neuroepidmeiologist, Master Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and a father, I have obtained a passion to help educate the public on how to prevent injuries and maintain healthy lifestyles for communities and future generations.  
         Throughout my years of graduate and professional education in public health, neuroscience, public policy and intergovernmental management, from the University of Oxford, England, George Washington University, Washington D.C., and the University of Southern California, I have applied a multidisciplinary approach to educate not only the public as a community benefit but also to develop sustainable public health injury prevention programs to state and local governments, schools, hospitals and organizations to help promote safety and healthy lifestyles.
      I also use a personal approach to educating parents and children by empowering them so they can make healthier and safer choices in life and have a happier life and improve communities.
        I appear as a guest on a regular basis with LaFern Cusack on the ESPN Experience (AM710) and Radio Disney Playground (AM1110).  
        Contact me to discuss any child safety question, speaking engagements, or to request a discuss of a specific injury topic at              drsafety@proconsumersafety.com
     

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