Mom Speaks Out After Her Daughter Suffered Extreme Heat Stroke In Her Own Bedroom
We’ve all heard the warnings about leaving children in hot cars on warm summer days. A child’s body temperature heats up 3-5 times faster than adult’s, so even a “quick trip to the store” can have devastating consequences. Now a mom is speaking out about her daughter’s heat stroke experience, and it’s especially terrifying because the entire episode happened indoors.
Mom Jennifer Abma posted about their ordeal with heat stroke on Facebook and Instagram.
After Abma’s three-year-old daughter, Anastasia, put herself down for a nap, the mom went in to wake her up. “I had no idea how hot her bedroom was until I went to wake her up soaked in sweat, red face, boiling and unable to wake her for 15 minutes,” she wrote. She called an ambulance, and when they arrived the little girl was still unconscious.
“When the ambulance came, they came with investigators because they didn’t know what to expect as did I.”
The paramedics tested the girl’s blood sugar, which was dangerously low, and administered sucrose. That finally did the trick, and little Anastasia finally woke up, crying and scared.
“THIS is clear proof a child doesn’t need to be in the sun to get heat stroke,” Abma wrote.
“No it is not my fault this happened to her but it is hard not to blame yourself, this is a lesson learned and hopefully other parents can take something from this and make sure you are checking the rooms in your house because they can be as dangerous as a hot car. Still I’m in shock and I can’t imagine what would have happened if I didn’t go check on her.”
Abma was surprised that her post went viral, and she told HuffPost UK that while she expected horrible comments, most were supportive. “Despite at first thinking I would be judged I’m glad I shared in the hope it will help another family.”
Heat stroke is a medical emergency that, when untreated, can be deadly. Make sure your children are always in a cool place when resting. Luckily, little Anastasia is okay!
Image: Instagram / @goalcrushinmama