GINTA – The dark side of summer heat

(Image: Mel Rothenburger)

I CANNOT IMAGINE a worse nightmare than losing a child. And yet, there it is: accidentally causing it by forgetting to remove the child from the car in hot weather. Sometimes it is parents who forget, other times trusted caregivers.

There are no stats for Canada, but for such a horrific death, stats make no difference in convincing anyone about the atrocity of it (in the US, from 1998 to now, there have been 705 heatstroke deaths of children left in cars.) One child lost under such circumstances is one too many.

A couple of days ago, there came the devastating news of yet another little one who died because of heatstroke while accidently forgotten in a car.

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Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at, or through her blog at


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