Pediatric Heat Stroke Prevention | The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Car Seat Safety for Kids

Pediatric Heat Stroke Prevention

Heat stroke, or hyperthermia, can occur if a child is left unattended in a vehicle, whether intentionally for a quick errand or unintentionally if there is a break in routine, a parent or caregiver is distracted, or children are playing unsupervised in a vehicle. Children are particularly susceptible to heat stroke because their bodies heat up five times faster than an adult’s, so even a mild, 70-degree day can result in pediatric heat stroke.

Sadly, since 1998, there have been 626 documented child deaths due to heat stroke in motor vehicles.

Even the most responsible, well-intentioned parent can make a mistake. You can reduce the number of deaths from heat stroke by remembering to ACT.

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Visit the following websites for more tips, tools and information on pediatric heat stroke prevention:

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Four Key Safety Tips

  • Restrain your child on every trip, every time.
  • Keep your child in the back seat.
  • Use the best safety restraint for your child's size.
  • Use child safety seats and seat belts correctly.

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