by Heidi Green
December 09, 2011
No. Babies should never be left alone in cars. They are at much greater risk of hyperthermia (or heatstroke) than adults—even on days that are neither hot nor sunny. In addition, leaving your baby in the car, window down or not, increases the risk of you becoming distracted and leaving him there much longer than you’d initially intended. In fact, car-related heatstroke tends to happen when parents or caregivers change their routine and forget a child, when they stop somewhere “for just a minute” and it turns into a longer period of time.
In 2010, 49 children in the U.S., ranging in age from 2 months to 6 years, died from car-related heatstroke. Temperatures rise quickly in a car, even on a cool day, and a child’s body overheats 3–5 times more quickly than an adult’s.
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