Before having a child, no one would ever imagine that they’ll ever be over-stressed to the point of leaving their kids alone in a car for too long. No one would believe they might just enter a store to quickly pick something up and end up falling asleep in the reception. No one would believe they’d ever be involved in a car accident with their babies strapped into a car seat. 

Unfortunately, reality often changes when the kids start coming. Parents are straggled, exhausted, and stressed out. A collapse from an existing medical condition and even random violent attacks could delay a parent’s return to the car. If a baby or a toddler as strapped into the seat, the tragedy is likely to worsen.

Your child’s safety is a golden responsibility

A paramedic took to social media to plead with every parent to prepare for unforeseen circumstances when they drive out with their tender kids [1]. He explained that he’s received a lot of calls from observers who’d notice a young child sitting for too long in a boarded up car. When his emergency response team arrives at the scene to rescue the child, there would be no way to contact the family or parents.

He implored parents to take out only two minutes of their time to pin a note containing the child’s personal information to the back of their seat.

“Way too often we come upon a car wreck with child(ren) in the car who are too young to have any info and parents are unconscious,” he said.

The paramedic also listed out the vital information each child’s seat note should contain.

“It will take two minutes of your time to write out your child’s name, DOB, parents’ name, DOB, emergency contacts and any medical conditions, any meds your child is on and child’s doctor – then stick it to the child’s car seat. This helps EMS (Emergency Medical Services) a ton and can also help save your child’s life,” he said.

Parents have to take extra care on the road

Obeying all traffic rules, driving within speed limits and stopping at intersections will reduce the risk of car accidents on the road. Being a parent is not an obligation, but a fully encompassing responsibility. Your child didn’t beg to be born, so he shouldn’t beg to be protected. Despite the fact that collisions can still occur from the carelessness of other drivers, maintaining your own stand as a responsible guardian comes first.

Parents and nannies should never drive when they are ill, especially not with kids in the car. Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is an absolute NEVER for everyone.

A case was reported by Daily Mail UK in 2016 [2]. A couple who were wasted from overdosing on heroin were parked by the roadside with their four-year-old son watching helplessly from the back seat. The parents were later arrested while the poor boy was handed over to Children’s Services in East Liverpool Ohio.

For the safety of their kids, parents are advised to pin notes to their car seats so they can be identified and attended to upon the event of an emergency. Accidents are what they are – unplanned, unintended, and unforeseen events.

References:

  1. Paramedic’s plea: Why every parent should pin a note to their child’s car seat. Admin. NZ Herald. April 22, 2019.
  2. Wasted: Horrifying photos of parents passed out by school bus after overdosing in their car with a four-year-old boy in the backseat reveal the terrible toll of the opioid epidemic sweeping America. Snejana Farberov. Daily Mail UK. Septemeber 9, 2016.
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