Child abuse happens when a parent or other adult causes serious physical or emotional harm to a child. Read this article to learn more about the different types of abuse including, physical. sexual, emotional, and neglect and what to do if you suspect your child is being abused.
Not Even For A Minute
Left alone in a vehicle, even for a short time, a child is in danger of dehydration, injury or abduction
- The interior of cars, even with the windows rolled down, can heat up to dangerous temperatures.
- It takes only 20 minutes for the interior of a car to reach 120 degrees on a 70-degree day.
- Left in this situation, infants and children become dehydrated, overheated and can pass out or worse, die.
- Infants and toddlers are most at risk.
- We lead hectic lives, but children must be protected.
- Never leave an infant or child alone in a car.
- Always take them inside with you when doing errands or visiting friends.
- Share this knowledge and rule with others who transport your children – your spouse or partner, babysitter, daycare provider, and other family members.
Here are some tips on how to get your tasks done while keeping your child safe:
- Bring a friend. Ask an adult you trust to come along for a ride to the store, gas station or while running errands.
- Nap-time first. Run errands when your child is less likely to fall asleep in the car.
- Use drive-thru banking. Keep deposit slips and envelopes in your car glove box. Use drive thru tellers and ATM when running around with kids.
- Flex your time at work. If possible, work a half day and use the additional time to get your monthly tasks done.
- Set-up a regular babysitting swap with another parent. Take turns babysitting another parent’s children while they run errands. Take the kids to the park, for a walk, or hang out in your backyard. Next time it will be your turn to check off your to-do list without distractions.
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