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Car Seats (Overview)

A car's normal seats are too large for a small child, and a car seat helps keep a child restrained in the event of a car accident.


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When can babies start using foward facing car seats?

When can babies start using foward facing car seats?

As late as possible: The top heavy nature of a toddlers physique makes their neck,spinal cord and neck nerves at great risk during a frontal impact crash.Rear-facing allows the initial impact to be absorbed into the seat. See www.joelsjourney.org for info.The European standard has been rear-facing to 3 for > a decade & NHTSA recommended rear facing to 2 in 1999.Seats are now available that rear face to 40 lb. Do it. ...Read more

Car Seats (Overview)

A car's normal seats are too large for a small child, and a car seat helps keep a child restrained in the event of a car accident.


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Do premature babies need special car seats?

Do premature babies need special car seats?

Yes: Every baby born less than 37 weeks gestation should have a car seat trial before discharge from the hospital, to ensure breathing is adequate. The hospital staff should check to see if the car seat you've selected is appropriate for the baby's size, and they should teach you how to use it safely. Baby may need a car bed if s/he fails the car seat test. Always place the car seat rear-facing. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are any special car seats for toddlers with scoliosis?

Can you tell me if there are any special car seats for toddlers with scoliosis?

No: In more than a decade as a registered car seat technician I have not come across such a seat.The best approach when looking for a seat is to take it home or to a fitting station for a proper installation and see how it works for the kid.Keep your receipt and do not hesitate to take it back and exchange it for a different model.The mechanics for safety are different than the appearance of comfort. ...Read more

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What to do if I have just swapped cars and What to do if I have a lap belt in the middle however What to do if I have 3 children under 4 in car seats. can I get a car seat to fit a lap belt?

What to do if I have just swapped cars and What to do if I have a lap belt in the middle however What to do if I have 3 children under 4 in car seats. can I get a car seat to fit a lap belt?

Maybe,maybe not: First, read the car owners manual and see if that middle seat can be used with a safety seat, some cannot.Some seats have a narrower profile than others and might fit, but you may need to place the oldest kid in the passenger front if the airbag can be turned off.The vehicle you use should be the one that accommodates the passengers you must carry in the safest method possible. ...Read more

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Could bed bugs spread through clothes or car seats?

Could bed bugs spread through clothes or car seats?

That is : Possible. Cimex lectularius or the bed bug is a parasite that is nocturnal. It can be transported on your clothing, luggage, second hand furniture etc. You can even get it using public transportation. It can go up to a year without feeding, so that allows it to just sit and wait until it catches a ride on something or someone. If you live in an apartment complex it may move from one unit to >>. ...Read more

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Is it possible that warmed car seats can be a cause of testicular cancer?

Is it possible that warmed car seats can be a cause of testicular cancer?

Testicular cancer: A study in 1989 revealed little or no support for the hypothesis that intermittent intrascrotal temperature elevation, to the degree encountered by US men today, plays a role in the etiology of germ cell testicular cancer. Seems unlikely. ...Read more

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What can I do to clean my poison ivy off of my car seats?

What can I do to clean my poison ivy off of my car seats?

Detergent soap: You can use a thin solution of laundry detergent to wipe down any areas you suspect are contaminated with the rhus antigen.The detergent will break down the protein makeup of the antigen and render it inactive. The same material can be used to wipe down your seatbelts or other areas that may have been affected. The cover of the seat can be removed and laundered but please do not launder the straps. ...Read more

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Please can I ask why hair falls out? My hair seems to be everywhere, seats, car and brushes and combs

Please can I ask why hair falls out?  My hair seems to be everywhere, seats, car and brushes and combs

Alopecia?: There is a condition called alopecia which causes the hair to fall out. This is different from male pattern baldness which is genetic and not a disorder. A dermatologist can tell you if you have Propecia (finasteride) (an autoimmune disorder) and treat it. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I was vacuuming underneath the seats of a car, and my middle finger got snagged on a metal coil tip. Slowly took it out. Fingertip is numb. Nerve dam?

I was vacuuming underneath the seats of a car, and my middle finger got snagged on a metal coil tip. Slowly took it out. Fingertip is numb. Nerve dam?

Bruising: Neuroapraxic injury to the digital nerve distal sensory branches. Should resolve over 4 to 6 week time frame. Not a permanent injury. If finger was lacerated then potential for nerve laceration and need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Is it ok to buy a used car seat?

Is it ok to buy a used car seat?

No: I would advise against it. I had at least one family find bedbugs in a used crib, and car seats are not much different. ...Read more

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How to cope with a car accident?

How to cope with a car accident?

Psychological Effect: I am assuming you are feeling the psychological effects of having had a car accident. These might include worried, being jumpy or easily startled, not sleeping well, etc. You can start with self help books on relaxation techniques, eat well, talk to someone about your feelings, exercise. If that does not work, see your physician to be referred to psychologist. ...Read more

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Cant i eat after a car accident?

Cant i eat after a car accident?

Jaw injury says no: Can easily injure TMJ and should be vcery careful about eating which makes pain worse. ...Read more

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Explain the aspects of car safety.?

Explain the aspects of car safety.?

Part 2 car safety: This link from the university of michigan may be quite helpful http://www.Med.Umich.Edu/yourchild/topics/carseat.Htm. ...Read more

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How do I pick out the best car seat?

How do I pick out the best car seat?

Google: Type in "best car seat". Into google and see the magic happen before your eyes. Swami google has all the answers. ...Read more

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Is smoking in a car with children bad?

Is smoking in a car with children bad?

Yes: Yes, yes. Yes. There is no question that second hand smoke is extremely dangerous and the more enclosed a space the more intense the exposure. ...Read more

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Are there child safety ratings for cars?

Are there child safety ratings for cars?

Yes: What you can get is 1. Crash test results and 2. Car seat data. A good place for crash test results is the insurance institute for highway safety @ http://www.Iihs.Org/ratings/default.Aspx . The national highway traffic safety administration is a great place to learn about car seats @ http://www.Nhtsa.Gov/safety/cps . Then you can turn to consumer reports for specific product recs. ...Read more

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What actually kills you in a car accident?

What actually kills you in a car accident?

Multiple Mechanisms: Blunt trauma to head,neck,chest or abdomen causing internal bleeding or disruption of internal organs.
Think of it as squashing a bug ...Read more

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What can be done for car accident injuries?

What can be done for car accident injuries?

Depends: Your question is very general and thus i can't give you specifics, but everything in the care would depend on the type of injury(s) and the severity. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about car seat safety?

What do I need to know about car seat safety?

A lot!: Car seats are one of the most important advances in child safety! it is absolutely essential that you learn how to adjust your car seat, how to fit it properly in your car, and how to make sure it fits your baby well as he/she grows. Infants should always ride in the back seat, rear facing for at least one year. Never put an infant car seat in the front seat of a car. ...Read more

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How can I secure my 3 year old in a car trip?

How can I secure my 3 year old in a car trip?

Proper safety seat : The typical 3yo can safely ride in a forward facing convertible seat (or forward facing only seat )with a five point harness.Verify that the child fits the height & weight limits on the seat & assure yourself of a stable installation. If unsure, check with a regional safe kids program for information on having your installation checked. ...Read more

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How can I make the car safe for my 2-year-old?

How can I make the car safe for my 2-year-old?

WOW: I notice that you keep posting the same question with different ages. Either you have many children very close in age, they are growing very fast, or you want to be prepared for the future. My best wishes to you and your family. ...Read more

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What if I'm in my car and a tornado is coming?

What if I'm in my car and a tornado is coming?

Shelter: Buckle your seat belt, and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If you encounter dangerous flying debris along the way, pull over and park. Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible. ...Read more

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How can I make the car safe for my 4-month-old?

How can I make the car safe for my 4-month-old?

Car seat-mounted: make sure the car seat meets requirements and is mounted correctly.
no smoking EVER in the car. ...Read more

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How can I make the car safe for my 9-month-old?

How can I make the car safe for my 9-month-old?

Rear-facing car seat: Your baby should be in a rear-facing car seat until s/he is at least 1 year old and weighs 20 pounds.  make sure your child still meets the height and weight limits of your rear-facing car seat.  carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions when installing new or converting old car seats for your child. ...Read more

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How hard is it for short people to drive a car?

How hard is it for short people to drive a car?

Sometimes: Height does enter into driving. A safe distance from the steering wheel and airbag is important. The ability to reach the pedals important. But automobiles can be modified to fit most people. ...Read more

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How can I make the car safe for my 2-month-old?

Rear-facing car seat: Never leave a child alone in a car. Use an approved infant car safety seat and follow the instructions for proper use. You are encouraged to have your car seat installation checked at a child seat safety inspection station.  you can find inspection stations in your area by visiting the national highway traffic safety administration website:  www.Nhtsa.Gov. Parents should always wear seat belts. ...Read more

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How can I make the car safe for my 6-month-old?

How can I make the car safe for my 6-month-old?

A seat belt car seat: Make sure the baby's size and weight are appropriate for the car seat and seat belt adjustment! ...Read more

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Can car accident injuries have lasting effects?

Can injure TMJ: Can create injury to TMJ which can result inchronic headaches/neck pain. ...Read more