Children should never be left alone inside of your car, even for a few minutes.
Many parents mistakenly think they can leave a child in a vehicle while running a “quick” errand. Unfortunately a delay of just a few minutes can lead to tragedy. Heat is much more dangerous to children than it is to adults. When left in a hot vehicle, a young child’s core body temperature can increase three to five times faster than that of an adult causing permanent injury or death.
“Extreme heat affects infants and small children disproportionately,” said Martin Eichelberger, M.D., director of trauma surgery at Children’s National Medical Center and president of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. “Heat rapidly overwhelms the body’s ability to regulate temperature. In a closed environment, the body can go into shock and circulation to vital organs will begin to fail.”