A mother has described the ‘scary moment’ she found her young daughter suffering heatstroke, after taking a nap in hot room.

Jennifer Abma posted a photograph of her young daughter, Anastasia, on Facebook as a warning to other parents.

“This is a lesson learnt & hopefully other parents can take something from this & make sure you are checking the rooms in your house because they can be as dangerous as a hot car.”

In her post she said her daughter had ‘put herself for a nap’ and when she checked on her she found Anastasia ‘soaked in sweat, red faced, and boiling.’

After being unable to wake her she called an ambulance, reports Daily Mail.

Ms Abma wrote: ‘This was my evening, this was the scariest moment I’ve had to imagine, this is severe heatstroke.

‘There is nothing scarier than not being able to wake your baby up. This is clear proof a child doesn’t need to be in the sun to get heat stroke.

‘It took us 20 minutes to wake her up, when ambulance came, they came with investigators because they didn’t know what to expect. This was proof how fast things change.’

Ms Abma claimed her daughter had not been outside in the sun, but, unbeknownst to her, the bedroom was extremely hot when she went inside.

She said: ‘I had no idea how hot her bedroom was until I went to wake her up soaked in sweat, red face, boiling and unable to wake her for 15 minutes, ambulance arrived faster then I could have ever imagined and took her sugars which were 1.2 and should be above four.

‘[Paramedics] administered sucrose and in minutes she started crying, clearly scared.’

The mother-of-two said she posted the photos of her daughter as a warning to other parents about the dangers of heatstroke.

She said: ‘No it is not my fault this happened to her but it is hard not to blame yourself.

‘This is a lesson learnt and hopefully other parents can take something from this and make sure you are checking the rooms in your house because they can be as dangerous as a hot car.’

The post has been shared more than 46,000 times on Facebook since it was posted on July 15.

Many readers were shocked that children could develop heatstroke in the home.

What to do if your child has symptoms of heatstroke via Kids Health 

Seek emergency medical care immediately. In cases of heat exhaustion or while awaiting help for a child with possible heatstroke:
Bring the child indoors or into the shade immediately.
Undress the child.
Have the child lie down; elevate feet slightly.
If the child is alert, place in cool bath water. If outside, spray the child with mist from a garden hose.
If the child is alert and coherent, give frequent sips of cool, clear fluids.
If the child is vomiting, turn onto his or her side to prevent choking.
Think Prevention!
Teach kids to always drink plenty of fluids before and during any activity in hot, sunny weather — even if they aren’t thirsty.
Make sure kids wear light-colored, loose clothing in warm weather.
Don’t let kids participate in heavy activity outdoors during the hottest hours of the day.
Teach kids to come indoors immediately whenever they feel overheated.

Share your comments below

Via Daily Mail and Facebook

  • Not something you expect in an everyday action like having a nap. The room must have been overly excessively hot to do this, I’m a bit amazed the mum didn’t notice the heat before


  • it is amazing that she didn’t realise how hot her daughter’s room was going to be. Was it a new to them house? i think that this is a freak thing though and luckily her child is ok. At least she is aware of the room’s potential for overheating


  • With respect to the Mum, this was not r neglect, I hate children being taught to sleep with their doors shut. Not only can temperatures in them become extreme. because of the absence of smoke alarms because of ducted airconditioning if there is a fire the room would be well alight before the smoke alarm in the passage would be activated. The risk of an electrical fire even if there is nothing electrical on in the room is always a risk. It can start in a ceiling space.


  • So easy for this to happen – but if the door had been open it would have let the heat out of the room somewhat. Great that the young girl is all OK.


  • It is an interesting story and very informative. Heatstroke is very serious but you wouldn’t think of it happening like this.


  • Wow this is so scary, but happens so quickly in this age group.


  • how scary! It would never occur to me that thiss would happen indoors, pretty silly really being heat stroke not sun stroke


  • Oh dear very scary indeed, thank you for sharing.


  • Wow, thanks for the share. This is not something I have ever heard of, or whatever have thought of.


  • Thanks for sharing this. I would never have thought about bedrooms.


  • Wow. That would have been a terrifying 20 minutes. A good warning to other parents.


  • Scary !
    This is one of my fears as it gets very hot upstairs by us in summer and impossible to get the temperature down. Resulting I check on my kids several times at night during summer.


  • Oh my goodness, I had NO idea this could happen, how scary

    • Sadly some children and some adults are quite prone to the effects of heat/overheat and unable to cool down.


  • it would be incredibly scary to not be able to wake your own child up – so glad that the little one was treated quickly by paramedics and hopefully she didn’t suffer too much damage because of it


  • All our rooms are left open and I am in and out all day tidying etc. I don’t think we could have a hot room without me knowing.


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