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Child Safety in the Heat

"Parents need to give them plenty of fluid, water in particular. I would not just give them simple bottled water, because it does not have electrolytes," says Dr. Shu Shum. "Parents need to give them plenty of fluid, water in particular. I would not just give them simple bottled water, because it does not have electrolytes," says Dr. Shu Shum.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is warning of child safety in the summertime.

We talked with Dr. Shu shum, a local pediatrician to find out what precautions you can take to help protect your kids in the heat.

"Parents need to give them plenty of fluid, water in particular. I would not just give them simple bottled water, because it does not have electrolytes."

Fluids with electrolytes are ideal because it can give back to the body. Any kind of sports drink is loaded with electrolytes.

In many cases tap water is better than bottled, because it doesn't have minerals distilled out of it.

Also, use at least sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher at all times in the sun. And, with West Nile in the area, be sure and always have bug spray.

Children left in cars can be one of the most dangerous hot weather situations.  Dr. Shum learned this first hand, early in his career.

"I took care of a baby.  It was a young mother's who met her high school classmates inside a grocery store.  It was about 15 or 20 minutes, according to her.  She came out and the youngster had a core temperature of 110 degrees when the baby got to the hospital it died of dehydration and seizures."

Shum wanted to make a difference. He began designing technology to battle this tragedy in the early 80's.

"Because of that, I thought about it and worked on it.  In 1987, I was awarded a patent for a product that converted solar energy to cool the inside of the car."

Shum was in talks with several auto manufacturers about his patented product, but they said it would not be cost efficient.

He has actually installed the system onto a vehicle and says it does work.

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