During these hot days, it’s important to be sure that you keep children cool and hydrated. And NEVER leave them in a parked car, even if the windows are open.
- Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Make sure they’re drinking plenty of fluids. Stay away from really cold drinks or drinks with too much sugar.
- Children who are left unattended in parked cars are at greatest risk for heat stroke, and possibly death.
- Even when it feels cool outside, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly.
- To remind yourself that a child is in the car, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front with the driver.
- When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children who have fallen asleep in the car.
- Seek medical care immediately if your child has symptoms of heat-related illness.
Visit the CDC’s website for additional tips on how to prevent heat-related illness.