Texas law requires hospitals educate parents on dangers of heatstroke

Texas law requires hospitals educate parents on dangers of heatstroke
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

It's summertime and in Texas that means the average high will range anywhere from 93 to 95 degrees. And that's just the temperature outside.

But inside a vehicle, it's even hotter. Hot enough to kill a child left inside.

Starting on September 1st, a new law will require all Texas hospitals to teach parents about the dangers of leaving a child in a hot car.

Lisa King has made it her mission to educate parents on the dangers of heatstroke.

"It is a good thing. You know, when parents take their babies home from the hospital, there's not a whole lot of rulebooks and this is one thing to help educate parents," said Lisa King, Nacogdoches County Fatality Review Team.

While the new law requires all hospitals to educate the parents of newborns, hospitals like Nacogdoches Memorial Health are years ahead of the new legislation.

"We've done [this] for several years. We give our moms discharge instructions and part of those instructions is to always look in the car seat and make sure that you remember to get the baby out and don't leave the baby in the car by himself," said Alisha Stewart, Nurse Manager at Nacogdoches Memorial Health.

For new mom Xochil Castro, it's a welcomed reminder to help keep two-day-old Adeline Grace safe.

"Everybody needs to be informed on how to take care of their babies, especially if you're a new mom like me and everything's new. It's always good to have a little information," said Xochil Castro, new mother.

As for King, the work doesn't stop with this new law. She said keeping children safe should stay in the forefront of our minds. If you spot a child alone in a car, King said leave the rescue up to authorities.

"That is a 9-1-1 call. Don't go in the store, don't try to find that parent, don't stand there and wait until the parent comes back to chastise them. Call 9-1-1, it's their job to make sure that child is safe, not yours," King said.

King said commonly when children are left inside of a car, it's because something happened that was out of the parent's routine. She suggested putting something like your purse or cell phone in the backseat with the child to help you remember.

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