Mom Warns About Sunless Heatstroke After Toddler Won't Wake Up From Her Nap

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With summer days getting hotter and hotter, parents have been taking precautions to keep their children safe. And as we continue filling up our kids' water cups, applying sunscreen, and double-checking the car before entering and leaving, one mom is warning about a frightening danger after her 3-year-old daughter suffered from a "sunless heatstroke" in the comforts of her home. 


"There is nothing scarier than not being able to wake your baby up," Jennifer Abma, a Canada mom of two, writes in her alarming Instagram post.

As hard as it is to wrap our heads around a child suffering from heatstroke inside the house, this mom's rude awakening is such a wake-up call. Apparently Jennifer's daughter, Anastasia, went to her room for a nap after playing with her 1-year-old sister, which resulted in a terrifying ordeal.

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"It took us 20 minutes to wake her up," the mom writes in her Instagram warning to parents. "When the ambulance came, they came with investigators because they didn't know what to expect as did I. This was proof how fast things change."

As Jennifer explains, she had no idea how hot Anastasia's room was until she went to wake up her daughter and noticed the 3-year-old was "soaked in sweat" and had a "red face." Thankfully, an ambulance was able to get to Jennifer's house quickly and administer aid to Anastasia -- whose bedroom rose to 122 F, causing the poor girl's body temperature to rise to 104 F -- which enabled the little girl to wake up after 20 minutes of failed efforts.

"THIS is clear proof a child doesn't need to be in the sun to get heat stroke," the mom reiterates on Instagram. "... I'm [still shaken] and I can't imagine what would have happened if I didn't go check on her. We definitely had God on our side yesterday and I am thankful for emergency services ..."

While most of us are aware of the dangers of vehicular heatstroke, a paramedic told Jennifer leaving a child in a hot room can have the same consequences as a hot car.

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"It is not something you would think of happening in your kid's bedroom," Abma tells Today. "You blame yourself. 'Why did I let her go nap by herself?'"  

The Seattle Children's Hospital notes heatstroke or sunstroke can be hard to detect, as 50 percent of children who suffer from this life-threatening condition don't even sweat. Parents are encouraged to keep their children hydrated (with water) and in cool places during heatwaves -- especially babies who are most at risk of a heatstroke.

No matter how horrifying it is to think of any child suffering from a heatstroke, it's important to get the word out so no family ever has to experience something like this.

"This is a lesson learn[ed]..." Abma writes in her Instagram post, "hopefully other parents can take something from this & make sure you are checking the rooms in your hous, because [they] can be as dangerous as a hot car."

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