According to data from the organization Before Child Safety, in the last decade (2010-2020): 34 children have died after being left unknowingly in a car and 980 have been hospitalized, fortunately with a positive outcome. According to press agencies, however, the cases would be much higher: at least 600 children died in the last 20 years all over the world.
To these several cases are added two others from Israel. Cause of abandonment? Dissociative amnesia of the parents.
The first case tells of a two-year-old girl who died in Kasifa, after being forgotten by her father in the car for 6 and a half hours. Locked in the car since early morning, she was found unconscious and taken to the hospital around noon, after the kindergarten teacher had called home to ask about the little girl’s absence.
The second, fortunately, is a case with a happy ending: in Ashkelon, a one-year-old child was unintentionally forgotten in the car for just over half an hour. Despite the short time, the temperatures became too high and induced the little one into severe respiratory distress. Urgently taken to the hospital, the child was then successfully hospitalized.
At this point, a question arises.
How can a parent “forget” their beloved child in the car? The answer is that it could happen to anyone, to absolutely normal people with stable jobs, regular lives and who love their families, just like you.
The reasons? Most of the time we talk about dissociative amnesia ( a mental blackout) often related to all the stress of the busy lives that today’s families are subjected to.
The biggest problem is that, especially in summer temperatures, cars overheat, becoming a real oven. Considering that the body temperature of a child increases from 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult, it is easy to understand how in a few minutes the internal heat reaches very high levels, causing respiratory crises in children and the worst cases, death.
For these reasons also the State of Israel, as well as the Italian one, has decided to adopt a law to prevent these unfortunate situations. From August 1, 2021, it will become mandatory to travel in the State territory with an anti-abandonment device if you carry a child under 4 years.
Italy was the first country in the world to adopt such a law, and Israel is following suit.
At Tippy, we have not stood still. We are also present in the Israeli territory to help the many parents who want to protect themselves and purchase a quality anti-abandonment device, recommended by Italian mothers. Tippy Pad, tested and approved by the Israeli government, is ready to accompany all Israeli children on car trips.
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