A Brooklyn family woke up to a nightmare when a father’s attempt to alleviate his son’s cough went horribly wrong.
The 1-year-old, Mordechai Halpern, woke up around 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 14 with a bad cough. The father gave the baby a bottle of water with lemon juice and sugar, but Mordechai continued to cough.
The father then strapped the baby in a stroller, covered him with a blanket, and put the stroller by the toilet in the bathroom. He turned on hot water in the shower and closed the shower curtain, trying to let the shower work as a humidifier.
The father then went back to sleep, setting his alarm for 5 a.m. The alarm went off and the boy’s 22-year-old mother went to check on her son. She found him unconscious.
An ambulance was called, and Mordechai was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center. However, the child was pronounced dead at 5:49 a.m.
At the time of death, the baby had temperature of 108 degrees, sources told The New York Daily News.
Police don’t believe the father intended to hurt the child.
While it may seem apparent where Mordechai’s father went wrong, he may had just followed incorrect advice.
For example, if one searches “how to care for child with bronchitis” on Google, the search engine prominently features an article on Parenting and Child Health, a website run by the Government of South Australia.
Under the headline “What you can do” the article states: “Steam (eg from the bathroom shower or a…
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