(SHERMAN, TEXAS)-- As temperatures continue to rise here in Texoma, the risks of heat related illnesses increases and excessive heat can be deadly especially to children. 20 children have already died across the U.S. from heat in 2013.
Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States as temperatures rise into the 100's. Texomans often use water to keep the kids cool, but pediatrician Ted Hayes says for children, drinking water isn't as helpful as you may think, " giving little children a lot of fluids doesn't really help cause they don't sweat a lot....you and I have to drink a lot of fluids when we're outside because we sweat a lot."
Dr Hayes offers some tips to recognize if your child is too hot, "they'll get really irritable and cranky..and then it's probably time to get them inside..and of course they'll be bright red."
Temperatures inside cars increase by as much as 20 degrees in just 10 minutes.. Creating a deadly environment.
Dr. Hayes reminds parents to make it a regular part of your routine to check for your child before leaving your car.
Doctors recommend putting a sticker on the dashboard of your car so if your routine gets interrupted, you'll still be reminded to check the back seat.