A seven-month-old baby died due to hypothermia in Russia. His mother kept him in a buggy outside for him to get some ‘fresh air.’
This case happened in the far-east Khabarovsk region in Russia, where the temperature was around -20°C.
The mother had kept the child outside for some fresh air. She expected to pick him up within a few minutes. However, she reportedly, ‘forgot’ about him, and it was not until 5 hours later that she remembered her child was outside in the cold that she brought him in. When brought home, the child showed no signs of life. He was unable to be brought back to life.
According to the medical report, he had died of hypothermia. The police have opened the case for further investigation. He was kept there to get some fresh air, the local media said.
The Region’s health ministry has warned the people about the cold outside and has also pointed about increased parental negligence. They shared a note through an Instagram post.
The ministry always advised keeping tabs of where your children are and with whom they are. “Do not pass by if another child is in danger – in winter, a child who is lost or injured on the street can very quickly become a victim of low temperatures,” it added.
They also stated that the children in the Khabarovsk region of Russia were increasingly becoming the victims of Parental Ignorance and Negligence of basic safety measures. They also pointed out that the risk of children getting hurt increased during holidays and New Year.
Hypothermia is the result of exposure to cold climate. The core temperature of the body is lowered due to the exposure. Prolonged exposure to mild climate can also result in death by hypothermia. Children under the age of one year are more at risk assuming they do not suffer through any other disease.