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A father of a 15 month old boy in the US was charged with negligent homicide recently. The victim was his son. He was supposed to take him to day care. But after putting him in the car, he forgot about him and went to work instead. His son died after being left in the car over seven hours.

This has happened in Malaysia as well – a three-year old girl was found dead in a car parked in Subang Jaya last year after spending five hours in it.

We’ve talked about this before. What killed these innocent children is not the lack of oxygen or ventilation or anything like that. It was heat. A car’s interior can get incredibly hot, parked under the sun. It essentially turns into an oven.

It’s not even the hours and hours of time that these children spend unattended that causes it – it can take as little as 15 minutes stuck in an overheated car interior for a child to suffer life-threatening brain or kidney injuries. child’s body can heat up much faster than an adult’s.

The heat can cause sweating, dehydration, and seizures, among others. When a child’s body temperature hits 40 degrees Celsius, internal organs shut down, and at 41.6 degrees Celsius, the child could die.

A majority of the cases occur when loving parents get distracted from their routine and they don’t realise that the child was in such a position. Our busy schedules, combined with the tendency for us to seat our sleeping children in the rear of our cars (because that’s where the child seat is usually mounted), could cause us to forget that we are carrying precious cargo in our car cabins. We could potentially go about our routine and leave our kids locked in the car.

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Other than trying our very best to remember, other methods we can use to ensure that we don’t forget about our sleeping babies is to place an item (that you need to take with you when you leave your car) at the rear with the child. This could be your handbag, for example, and you can place it on the floor in a secure area just so you are forced to go to the back of the car when you leave.

To passersbys, if you spot a child left in a car alone, you should call the police immediately. If you watched the video, you’d know that the child in the video was saved by passersbys.

Please share this with everyone you know who has children, or has to take care of children.