Cold and Flu Season Can Be a Monster

Flu & Cold Season Can Be A Monster

Flu is prevalent in our community right now. Visit our Flu Resource Center to learn about flu prevention, signs and symptoms, and help us protect our patients, families and staff from RSV and the flu by following these visitation restrictions.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
  • Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea or cold or flu-like symptoms.

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Hot Cars & Kid Safety

June 09, 2017

The Adult Emergency Department at WakeMed Raleigh Campus has not yet seen a big spike in heat-related illnesses and emergency visits. There may be an increase following a longer stretch of extremely high temperatures.

Most often, people heed warnings and stay inside when North Carolina’s humid, summer temperatures first hit.  But as these temperatures settle in to stay a while, people may not be able to be as cautious in avoiding extended exposure in the heat as they go about their day and daily routines.

Kids & Hot Cars

  • The temperatures inside a car can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes.
  • A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s, making them more susceptible to heatstroke.

4 Ways to Keep Kids Safe from Heat Stroke

Remember to ACT

  • A: Avoid heat stroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
  • C: Create reminders by putting something in the back seat of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
  • T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

Set-Up Extra Reminders

  • Create a calendar reminder for your electronic devices to make sure you dropped your child off at daycare.
  • Develop a plan with your daycare so that if your child is late, you’ll be called within a few minutes. Be especially careful if you change your routine for dropping off children at daycare.

Teach Kids Not to Play in Cars

  • Make sure to lock your vehicle, including doors and the trunk, when you’re not using it.
  • Keep keys and remote entry fobs out of children’s sight and reach.

Pet Reminder

  • Never leave pets unattended in the car or other enclosed outdoor spaces. They can quickly overheat and die.