In the July issue of Augusta Family, contributor Renée McCabe wrote about the high mortality rate of children being forgotten in hot cars. In her article Hot Cars Quickly Become Deadly for Children, Safe Kids and Injury Prevention Coordinator McCabe cites that “Heatstroke, also known as hyperthermia, is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for [young] children. Since 1998, more than 790 children across the United States have died from heatstroke when left alone in a vehicle. The numbers have risen over the past 2 years.” Sadly, Georgia has one of the highest rates of incidents in the country in recent years according to noheatstroke.org.
Augusta Family is raising awareness of these risks by providing readers with information on eClip, an innovative device that helps prevent parents or caregivers from accidentally leaving a young child in the back seat of a car.
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What is eClip?
An innovative device that is easily attached inside the car, eClip helps remind parents to remove their baby from the car seat. It is the first low-cost device that helps prevent parents and caregivers from accidentally leaving a young child in the back seat of the car.
Using low-energy Bluetooth and advanced patent-pending technology, eClip can detect when you walk more than 25 feet from your car by alerting you through an interactive app on your Smartphone. The eClip also monitors the temperature in the back of your car to keep it safe and comfortable for your baby.
What is Forgotten Baby Syndrome (FBS)?
Forgotten Baby Syndrome (FBS)— is a medical term that explains how a parent can walk away from a car without realizing their child remains inside. The stories are heartbreaking, and they can happen to any parent. There are a few contributing factors of which parents should be aware:
- Motor memory takes over in daily routines. Habitual tasks take little conscious thought as your mind ends up on auto-pilot. When this happens, you might drive home and go inside, as usual, inadvertently forgetting your child in the backseat.
- Multitasking makes it harder to remember. Because of the increase in modern multitasking, even the best parents can leave home on a stressful day and end up forgetting their baby.
- Technology is a major distraction. Answering phone calls, texting or browsing social media distract the mind and take your attention away from what is around you.
A Statistical Look*
- Since records were taken in 1998, more than 850 young children have unnecessarily died by being forgotten in cars.
- 2019 had one of the highest numbers of child vehicular heatstroke deaths on record (52 cases).
- In most cases, the parent left the child in the car by accident.
- 88% of children who have died from vehicular heatstroke are age 3 and younger.
- A child’s body overheats 3-5 times faster than an adult body.
- Even with windows cracked, the interior of a car can reach 125 degrees in minutes.
- Children have died of vehicular heatstroke with outside temps as low as 60 degrees.
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