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This article brings into prospective a dangerous and habitual
practice of leaving infants and children unattended in vehicles and its
serious ill effects on health most notably being death. Although the
article describes scenario in a developed western setup such incidents are
increasingly becoming common in developing Asian countries like India and
require immediate attention.
The study addresses...
The study addresses an important and often ignored issue of
occurrence of hyperthermia in children left unattended in vehicles. There
is a strong need that print and social media should bring such shocking
occurrences into public domain more piercingly so that people specially
parents together with caretakers would become aware of such problems
leading to them being more careful and attentive. The community as a whole
should bring about basic necessary changes in attitude and perception of
individuals to prevent such dreadful events.
We agree with the authors that policy makers and law makers need to
take a serious and stringent look into such issues so that timely
interventions and strict regulations can be put into place. The community
and government should work interactively towards developing guidelines,
safety norms and mostly create awareness amongst ignorant parents.
Lastly we would like to state that in a country like India with warm
winters and ambient temperatures being high normal in most part of country
throughout the year along with little awareness about such a catastrophic
phenomenon, a study in Indian context is urgently required.