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Parents come up with tricks to not forget kids in hot car

Posted at 5:12 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 17:12:39-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As temperatures rise, make sure you're not forgetting your children in your hot cars.

2018 was the deadliest year on record for hot car deaths.

52 kids died and Florida and Texas led the way with five deaths each. Children's bodies can heat up three times faster than adults.

In just 30 minutes, car temperatures can become so hot kids' organs can start shutting down. Just this week, an infant in Jacksonville died after being left in a daycare van.

Some parents have come up with tricks to make sure they don't forget their kids.

"I've seen where moms will say they'll take their shoe off -- one shoe off when they have the kid in the car as a reminder," said Chad Ward, Pediatric Intensivist at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. "I think, we as a community need to put this as a top priority."

Children under six months are especially susceptible to the high temperatures because their sweat glands have not yet developed, so their bodies are not capable of cooling the way older childrens' can.