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Summer heat a reminder for parents

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As of June 4, eight children have died from a vehicular heat stroke. 32 children died in all of 2012.

Here in Alabama, we have some of the hottest summers in the country. Doctors say they see this trend happen far too often.
 
Kathy Monroe is an assistant physician in the emergency department of Children's Hospital.

"We see that every year. At least a few times every summer. Alabama is very hot. People think it'll only be a few minutes. And they come back out and their baby is very sick and dehydrated. With a little baby it doesn't take much to get dehydrated," says Monroe.

A sign at the entrance of the Pelham Wal-Mart reminds patrons to double check and make sure they haven't left children in their cars.

Within the first five minutes to ten minutes inside a hot car, Monroe explains what the infant goes through.

"They get overheated, which causes very rapid dehydration. When they are dehydrated they are not profusing their very important organs, their heart, their brain and their kidneys are the three organs that depend on being hydrated," she says.

Ultimately, "Don't leave them in a car, the car is very hot, it's almost like leaving them in an oven. Take them with you!" Monroe pleads.

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