The Infant SOS Can Save Lives from Heat Stroke in a Car (coming soon, but not soon enough)

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Five Rice University graduates (Audrey Clayton, Rachel Wang, Jason Fang, Ralph LaFrance and Ge You) developed the latest device which could save the lives of children. The Infant SOS is a car seat accessory that protects children who are left in hot cars. The device is fitted into any standard car seat and sensors in the device detect if the car is in motion or at a standstill. After 30 seconds of the car being at a standstill, the device sends out  an audio alarm and visual cues which include a flashing row of red LED lights that lines the car seat. The hope is that even people passing by the car may notice the flashing lights and further investigate. If 5 minutes have passed and the child is still in the car when the car is at a standstill, the Infant SOS will text up to 10 people, including emergency responders. The device also has a passive cooling system that works to keep the child’s core temperature below 104 degrees Fahrenheit (an internal temperature of 107 degrees can be deadly). A material in the device absorbs heat from the seat and surrounding areas, thereby attempting to keep the baby’s temperature as low as possible.

Unfortunately the Infant SOS is not on the market and may not be for another few years. Too bad we have to wait so long for such a valuable device. At the time of release, it is estimated that the Infant SOS will retail for $150.

The Infant SOS can save 38 lives every year, which is the average number of infant deaths, every year, due to heat stroke in a hot, trapped car. More than 70% of these cases are due to children under the age of 2. The ones who are rear facing, quiet or sleeping. Most of the 38 deaths occur in the summer months, so with the heat upon us, try to make a check system every time you are in the car. One idea I read from another blogger, was that they leave their left shoe (as long as you are not driving a manual car) next to the baby. This forces them to go to the back seat every time they leave the car. Any one out there have any other useful ideas to help parents or caregivers remember that the baby is in the seat?