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Children left in hot cars: "car temperature can go up 20 degrees in ten minutes"

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FARGO, N.D. --  High temps can be a major threat to your child. And, now with temperatures in the 80's and 90's parents have to be extra careful to not leave children in the car, even if it's for a quick errand. It was just a year ago when a five-month-old baby girl from Moorhead died after being forgotten by her parents in the backseat of their minivan.

"It only takes one time for your kid to go away," said Arben Bahtijar. "Everyday I just watch them closely especially at this age."

Buckled in snug, safety is number one for the Batijars family of five when transporting their precious cargo.

"When I'm out with the kids and I'm by myself, Arben will call me and he reminds me 'please don't forget Amy in the car'," said mother Samantha Bahtijar.

It's a place where temperatures can quickly spike. 

We pulled some numbers and discovered this year nationwide 17 children "forgotten" in cars have died due to heatstroke. 

"Mistakes happen, but there should be no reason," said Arben. "You shouldn't be forgetting them in the vehicle especially when it's 90 degrees outside."

"It doesn't take long, on average your temperature on the inside of the car can go up 20 degrees in ten minutes," said Sanford HealtPediatricscs Dr. Christopher Tiongson. "So, if you're always starting at 90 or 100 degrees, it doesn't take long. Even at 80 degrees, 15 to 20 minutes later you can be up in the 110 region."

And, it's deadly: your body starts to shut down, reaching a body temperature of more than 107 degrees is hitting a critically dangerous zone and calls for emergency help right away. 

For vigilant parents like Arben, he told Valley News Live there's no excuse. 

"You should know, because you see your kids everyday," said Arben. "So, I really think a parent should double check before they leave the vehicle."

Some signs of overheating are fatigue and not producing sweat. 

So far this summer no kids have died from heat stroke in North Dakota and Minnesota. 

Some good advice: leave something in the backseat with the child, like a purse of backpack, to remind you to go into the backseat to grab it and not forget about your child.

Doctors also say to drink two liters of water a day to prevent overheating. 

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