We expect daycare facilities to have strict procedures on how to manage children entering and leaving the daycare van in order to assure no kids to get left behind. Most of the stories we hear on the news of children being left inside a hot van always end up with the child passing away due to hot temperatures. But what exactly happens to the kid?
What Happens When A Child Is Left Inside A Hot Van?
- The van’s temperature will become deadly as high as 115-120 F, especially in Texas
- The child will feel sluggish
- The child will feel disoriented
- The child might lose consciousness
- A severe heat stroke can cause death
What happens to their body?
- Neurological dysfunction
- A child’s heart rate will soar
- A child will vomit
- The mixture of heat and vomiting will cause severe dehydration
- The dehydration will then lead to the child gasping for air
- The child will experience cardiac abnormalities from deprived oxygen
- The child’s organs will slowly start to fail or shut down altogether
- The chances of a child still being conscious after 20 minutes are low
- If they are conscious, they will be frightened due to all of the changes in their body causing long-term psychological damage such as anxiety and PTSD
- At this point, their brain won’t be functioning correctly and will lead to a lifetime of (often times irreversible) damage to their brain and organs
How Can Dallas Daycares Avoid The Danger Of Leaving Children In Hot Vans?
Now that we know how serious those injuries can be. Internal organ damage occurs from heat strokes as well as significant brain injuries. Death speaks for itself. We don't want to see this happen to any more kids, which is why we need to hold daycare centers accountable for leaving kids inside vans. This can be 100% preventable if the daycare has proper strict safety systems in place.
For example, the daycare can either number off the children as they enter the van and make sure that same amount come out. Another example is writing the kids name and checking them off as they enter and leave the van. There should always be multiple people held accountable to make sure all the kids get back inside the facility safe. Lastly, the van driver should always walk to the back of the van to ensure no children or items are inside before locking the doors.
If safety procedures aren’t being enforced a child’s life is at stake, this is considered child negligence if the child were to get injured, or die while in their care.
Do You Need A Daycare Abuse Lawyer?
If your family or a friend is dealing with a daycare forgetting a child in a van, please give us a call at 214-888-2216. Our Daycare Negligence Lawyers are here to make sure you’re informed and can make the best decision for your family. You can also fill out our Contact Us form with more information and we will give you a call. If you are in search of an attorney, read this article on when is the best time to hire a lawyer when dealing with a daycare injury.