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Local Officials Warn About Leaving Children In Cars

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WMDT 47 NEWS - Two young children in Alexandria, Virginia and Lansdowne Maryland died last week after being left in a hot car. Doctor Laura Kelley, medical director of the pediatric hospital's group through Children's National Medical Center in Salisbury, says this is a major concern, particularly in the summer.

Kelley says that children, especially those under four years old, can overheat more rapidly than adults. They are reportedly very vulnerable to heat exhaustion in cars, even with the windows down, because their body's heat mechanism can't adjust quite as well as an adult's.

"It adds to it that kids do not drink as much during the summer, get dehydrated more quickly, and things as simply as having a little sunburn can set them up for actually getting more dehydrated."

She says the worst case scenario would be a baby in a hot car, who may only have minutes to stay alive under the circumstances. The doctor recommends having kids drink water more frequently and to never leave them alone. She adds that if you ever see a child left in a car, to call for help immediately.

"It's never wrong to call for help."

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