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Indoor Heat Stroke is a Thing You Should Know About

Mom.me logo Mom.me 13/08/2017 Lisa René LeClair

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When it's too warm to play outside during the summer, keeping your kids indoors seems like the safest bet. But what happened to one Canadian family is a cautionary story we won't soon forget.

July is typically the warmest month in Edmonton, Alberta, with highs usually reaching no more than 74 degrees. With temperatures like that, who needs air conditioning? But when a heat wave caused temperatures to rise into the 90s, Jennifer Abma decided to keep her kids inside because it was just too hot.

According to reports, about an hour after putting her 2-year-old down for a nap, Abma found her daughter red-hot, drenched in sweat and completely unresponsive.

"It felt like she had just been lit on fire," Abma said. "It was like walking into a sauna. I never realized a bedroom could do that to a kid."

But it can, especially if the windows in their room are in the direct path of the sun. By the time paramedics arrived, her bedroom had topped 100 degrees.

Abma later took to Instagram, using a photo she took of her pink-faced toddler to warn about the dangers of indoor heat stroke. Her viral message sparked heated debate (and angry comments) among self-righteous parents everywhere, so much so that she deleted the photo.

Still, once you share your deepest and darkest secrets with social media, critics will find a way to voice their opinion, particularly when it comes to raising kids.

No it is not my fault this happened to her but it is hard not to blame yourself," Abma wrote. "This is a lesson learned and hopefully other parents can take something from this and make sure you are checking the rooms in your house because they can be as dangerous as a hot car."

It's easy to shake an online finger when a child is in danger, but accidents happen, and weather conditions like these are scarce in cooler climates.

If anything, we should listen. This mother chose to share her account—a near-fatal "screw up"—so that none of us ever make the same mistake. Sure, we can publicly humiliate her for not checking the temperature in her daughter’s room or failing to make sure she drank plenty of fluids before her nap, but how will that change what has already taken place?

Will shaming a distraught mother teach others to “get it right the first time?”

None of us is perfect, even those who think they are. We make mistakes; we mess up, and parenting is hard. This woman didn't leave her kid in a hot car while running into the store to buy cigarettes; she put her daughter safely down for a nap in her own room—IN CANADA—where ceiling fans and air conditioning are practically a myth in some parts.

Heat exhaustion can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. The more we learn about how to prevent (or treat) them, the better prepared we will be. And that means all of us, not just her.

Related: 11 Foods That Help Prevent Heat Stroke (Provided by: Eat This, Not That) 

11 Foods That Help Prevent Heat Stroke: <p>By Cheyenne Buckingham</p><p>Sweltering summer days can cause your body to overheat to an exponential degree. Add these foods to your arsenal of tricks to stay cool.</p><p>In 1995, seven-time champion Paula Newby-Fraser flung herself to the ground about 400 yards before the finish line of the Ironman race in Hawaii. She failed to drink water continuously throughout the 26.2-mile run and collapsed from dehydration with less than ¼ mile to go. Maybe you have not endured as dramatic of an experience as Paula, but heat exhaustion can happen to both athletes and everyday walkers and joggers. And heat can be quite taxing to the body, no matter what level of physical fitness you are at! <a href="http://www.eatthis.com/10-best-foods-rapid-weight-loss">Rapid weight loss</a> sounds great and all, but not when you solely lose water that your body needs to keep your organs healthy and functioning.</p><p>The onset of heat stroke can become more prevalent in an environment that is both hot and humid. Think about it this way: The body cools itself by sweating, which normally accounts for 70 to 80 percent of the body's heat loss. If you are dehydrated, though, the rate at which you sweat slows and your body traps in the heat, instead. What happens when your internal temperature keeps rising but your body cannot release the heat? In the worst case scenario, heat stroke. So, along with drinking plenty of water, keep up that perspiration by hydrating periodically with these foods and herbs! And regardless of if you're running, if it's summer, or it's the dead of winter, discover <a href="http://www.eatthis.com/drink-water">What Happens to Your Body When You Don't Drink Enough Water</a>.</p> 11 Foods That Help Prevent Heat Stroke
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