Leaving kids in unattended cars causes heatstroke

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) --- Summer time is on the horizon, and the temperature is warming up in Grand Junction, which means the risk of leaving children unattended in cars is high.

According to Tamara Capp at the Mesa County Health Department, signs of heatstroke include extremely high body temperature above 103 degrees; skin that is red, hot and dry; a rapid strong pulse; dizziness; nausea and confusion.

If someone is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to call emergency medical services immediately. While waiting for them to arrive, Capp suggests taking the victim to a shady area, immersing them in cold water and monitoring their temperature.

In May 2013, seven children died from heatstroke after being left in cars. Making sure to always bring your child with you will prevent a similar fate.

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