Children are at Risk for Heatstroke

Since 1990, there have been approximately 900 child deaths from heatstroke.

During the summer months, it is crucial to be aware of the signs of heatstroke, and to never leave your child in a hot car. Keeping a sharp eye on your little one is important too, considering children can climb into unlocked cars and become trapped inside.

Recent Tragedies:

A New Jersey Mother was arrested after leaving her 2 year old child in the car while she went shopping. While some of these circumstances are pure accidents, there are other instances where negligence is a factor.

A father left his 2 young children in the car while he went grocery shopping.

Thankfully, the children survived, however they were found sweating profusely and crying hysterically. This was recently in July, 2020.

Signs of Heatstroke:

Heat stroke is a severe type of heat illness that occurs when a child's body creates more heat than it can release. This results in a rapid increase in core body temperature, leading to brain damage or death if not promptly treated.

Signs include:

  • A body temperature that rises dangerously high – above 104˚ Fahrenheit

  • Absence of sweating

  • Confusion, disorientation

  • Flushed, hot and dry skin (skin may be wet)

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

  • Rapid heartbeat and breathing

  • Severe headache

  • Seizures

  • Weakness and/or dizziness

Heatstroke signs in infants are different than in older children. Since infants cannot tell you when they are uncomfortable, be sure to be aware of these signs in your baby:

  • Restlessness

  • Rapid breathing

  • Lethargy

  • Irritability

  • Vomiting

If your child has been injured or has passed away due to another's negligence, the lawyers at Kimmel, Carter, Roman, Peltz & O’Neill are here to help.

Call 302-565-6100 for your free consultation.

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