Death of a toddler in Vaudreuil-Dorion: beware of oversights, warns a specialist

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A two-year-old child was found unresponsive in a vehicle on Friday afternoon in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Montérégie.

How can a toddler be left alone in a car in the middle of summer? This is the question that has crossed many minds since the discovery of a two-year-old child who was lying lifeless in a car in Vaudreuil-Dorion on Friday.

For At the moment, the police are continuing their investigation. We do not exclude any hypothesis, said the spokesperson for the Sureté du Québec (SQ), Hughes Beaulieu. In such circumstances, the oblivion thesis comes to mind, as there are certain precedents.

A similar story occurred in Saint-Jérôme in 2016 and in southwest Montreal two years later.

We are creatures of habit, explained Mélanie Dugas, family counselor and trainer at Nanny Secours, interviewed on RDI on Saturday.

“If my instinct is to leave and lock the door thinking my child is safe at daycare, there's no reason to think [one day] that he's still in the vehicle. »

— Mélanie Dugas, family counselor and trainer at Nanny Secours

You have to be vigilant, because it can happen to anyone, she says.

A toddler was found without a baby in a car on Friday in Vaudreuil-Dorion. This is not the first time such a tragedy has occurred. How does a drama like this happen? Interview with Mélanie Dugas, family counsellor

We must therefore be particularly attentive when changes in routine occur. The parent who does not usually pick up their child from daycare and who now has to take care of this task can easily forget, cites Ms. Dugas as an example.

Several factors can explain this type of oversight. These days, parents are stressed and the mental load is high, continues the family counselor. In short, everything goes fast. We are caught up in our thoughts, in our concerns., she underlines. Sometimes being very very organized is good, but as soon as we have something out of our routine, we don't think about it, we forget it. And this is where dramatic things can happen.

There are tips to prevent such tragedies from occurring.

Ms. Dugas advises parents who have to drop their children off at daycare to program alerts on their cell phones at the usual arrival times at work. The goal? Hearing the reminder, one takes a look at the back seat of the vehicle before driving to the office or arriving home. This is particularly wise advice for parents who are not used to dropping the child off at daycare in the morning.

You can also get into the habit of placing your personal belongings in the back seat, for example a cell phone, many of which are never separated for long. Putting things in the back forces the driver to open the door when getting out. It's a bit the same principle with certain applications, such as Waze, which emit an audible or visual signal when the vehicle has arrived at its destination.

Another way of preventing traffic accidents kind is to set up a telephone call system as soon as a child has not arrived at the childcare service.

There are also devices that can be added to the car seats. In the latter case, however, it only concerns recent vehicles. It was also a recommendation from the coroner who had investigated the toddler's death in Saint-Jérôme.

What's more, it is forbidden to leave a child under seven years unattended in a vehicle.

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