Keeping your kids safe in the heat

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Childcare experts say sticking with a routine is vital for your child’s health. This, after a child died in Williamsport after police said her caregiver left her in the car for several hours.

According to the PA Safe Kids Coalition, heat illness affects children four and under the most. Some tips are to dress them in light, loose clothing and only schedule outdoor activities for the morning or late afternoon. Also be sure to seek medical care immediately if your child becomes lethargic, cold and clammy or disoriented.

“Once your body reaches a certain point you no longer sweat and your organs are injured,” says Holy Spirit Hospital Physician James Leaming. “Things like your heart but more specifically your brain is injured when the temperature increases — anything about 106 degrees is called a heat stroke.”

An easy mantra for all of us to remember is “Look before you lock.” The idea is to look in your backseat for valuable items, pets or children to protect them from the heat.

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