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Doctor insights on: Carseats

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How can I keep my child safe in the carseat?

How can I keep my child safe in the carseat?

Proper installation: And proper car seat. Follow the guidelines from the american academy of pediatrics, following the link below.
http://www.healthychildren.org
and going to the car sear section. ...Read more

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How many years can you keep a carseat before it's considered no longer a safe carseat?

How many years can you keep a carseat before it's considered no longer a safe carseat?

State of repair: See the manufacture's warranty. Also consider the child's growth since the seat may not fit anymore. Finally, see if the seat is missing something in which case it will be unsafe to use or void the warranty! ...Read more

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Is it ok to put my baby in a carseat and leave her in bed with me she only seems comfee this way and she crystal nonstop in her bed what do I do.?

Is it ok to put my baby in a carseat and leave her in bed with me she only seems comfee this way and she crystal nonstop in her bed what do I do.?

Sorry, no.: To reduce her chance of sids by 50%, put her in her own crib on her back, drowsy but awake. She'll consolidate sleep between 1-4 mos. If you allow her to learn to settle herself down. If not nursing, in her own room. Same time every night, read, rock, & wipe out her mouth after the last feed before implicit memory @ 5 mos & learned behaviors @ 6 mos. Cause persistent sleep problems. See www.Aap. Org. ...Read more

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Son is almost 30 months old. Feeing guilty b/c our carseat can do rear facing till 45lbs, but he's 33lbs & want to turn him forward now. Is it ok?

Son is almost 30 months old. Feeing guilty b/c our carseat can do rear facing till 45lbs, but he's 33lbs & want to turn him forward now. Is it ok?

Depends: The European standard is rear facing to 3, while NHTSA recommends you rear face to the weight limit of that seat. You might want to check out www.joelsjourney.com that tells of a 35 lb 18 mo who broke his neck in a crash forward facing. Since I've cared for a baby left quadraplegic this way I have a bias. I'm happy if I can get parents to keep them RF to 2, but if I had a kid today it would be 4 ...Read more

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Can my backpain be associated with my carseat?

Can my backpain be associated with my carseat?

Could be: Yes, I have some patients who are only comfortable in their own car but cannot drive their spouses car due to back pain. There are so many variations in seat design that what is good for one person may not be good for another. ...Read more

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What is the appropriate age to allow a toddler to sit "forward facing" in a carseat? And why?

What is the appropriate age to allow a toddler to sit "forward facing" in a carseat? And why?

No < 2yo & to wt lmt: Any kid facing forward is at risk of spinal cord damage when the unrestrained head snaps forward in a crash. See www.Joelsjourney for the effect on a 33lb 15mo. The aap was 10+ yr behind the nhtsb in recs to rear face till 2 & that is a travesty. As neck strength improves risk declines. I have cared for a quadraplegic infant from this injury. Parents or drs who is a ff @ 1yr are uninformed or negligent. ...Read more

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Is there a "car bed" type carseat for a small 6y. O. With severe orthopedic challenges which make it painful for him to sit in a carseat?

Is there a "car bed" type carseat for a small 6y. O. With severe orthopedic challenges which make it painful for him to sit in a carseat?

Adaptive equipment: There are different types of adaptive equipment that are available for children with special needs, including car seats. Talk with an orthotist or your regional children's hospital. If all else fails, try www.Aacpdm. Org for help; they will be able to point you in the right direction. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the swelling go down if you had a carseat base fall on your head? If you have already had previous damage to it?

How long does it take for the swelling go down if you had a carseat base fall on your head? If you have already had previous damage to it?

Swelling: The time swelling takes to go down is an individual issue some people it disappears quicker and other people it takes longer but I would not worry about it ...Read more

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My 3 months baby refuses to sleep in her bed, the only way she sleeps is in her carseat even at night. Can this be harmful for her developement?

My 3 months baby refuses to sleep in her bed, the only way she sleeps is in her carseat even at night. Can this be harmful for her developement?

I see no problem: The kid may actually be self-selecting a position that helps her deal with heartburn/reflux that can be common when babies lay down. After 5-6 mo this should be less of a problem & you may be able to get baby back into a bed. At this point just do what you need to get through the day / night ...Read more

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Baby is 3 months old. She started getting out of her carseat a little before she was 7 weeks old. Is this normal? Carseat is not strapped, not in car

Baby is 3 months old. She started getting out of her carseat a little before she was 7 weeks old. Is this normal? Carseat is not strapped, not in car

Confusing question: No 3mo infant should have the motor skills to separate the chest clip or other straps of an infant car seat. If you mean she wiggles out of an unrestrained setting in a car seat, yes they can. Infants can wiggle & flip & have been known to become entangled in blankets & suffocate or flip the seat off a table. Best to strap them in during use as a seat. ...Read more

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I was wondering when can you forward face you babys carseat because my daughter is getting to tall tobe rear faced?

I was wondering when can you forward face you babys carseat because my daughter is getting to tall tobe rear faced?

Rear facing till 2yr: Current recommendations are until 2yrs of age. There may be state specific laws that your local highway patrol barracks may be able to inform you of. ...Read more

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New carseat rec are rear-facing longer. My kids seats can rear-face til 45lbs- my kids weigh 36 but are 6&4. What is reasonable for micro-preemies?

New carseat rec are rear-facing longer. My kids seats can rear-face til 45lbs- my kids weigh 36 but are 6&4. What is reasonable for micro-preemies?

Question unclear: If your 6 & 4 yo were micro-premies, it never hurts them to be rear facing if the seat is so designed. Protection from the forward head snap & spinal cord stretch is the primary reason for this recommendation. You can see an interesting video at www.Joelsjourney. Com reflecting the neck injury of a 35 lb boy who was forward facing. If you have new micro-premies, a car bed may be in order. ...Read more

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10 month old baby congested from common cold. Won't sleep on flat surface n no swing. Is it safe to use carseat for 1 night next to couch?

10 month old baby congested from common cold. Won't sleep on flat surface n no swing. Is it safe to use carseat for 1 night next to couch?

It does have risks.: The academy of pediatrics recommends a flat surface to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (sids). A more important aspect of helping the child sleep would be nasal saline drops and suction 2 or 3 times per day, but not more frequently than this. Certainly children can sleep in a car seat for prolonged periods without issue, but there is a higher chance of sids which must be considered. ...Read more

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My 3 mo old sleeps in her carseat bc she can't lie flat due to a cleft palate. When put on her back in crib, won't sleep. How does this affect sids?

My 3 mo old sleeps in her carseat bc she can't lie flat due to a cleft palate. When put on her back in crib, won't sleep. How does this affect sids?

Car seat fine: A semi- upright posture in the car seat can lead to airway problems in some frail infants or those with posterior tongue position(robin anomaly). For most, this position avoids the increased sids risk of prone sleeping and may be the best choice for some with a cleft. When the kid has improved mobility and or the kid has recovered from a cleft repair, crib based sleeping may be more realistic. ...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 do I pick out the best car seat?

How do I pick out the best car seat?

Google: Type in " the 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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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 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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What is the best car seat for my baby to graduate to?

What is the best car seat for my baby to graduate to?

Stay rear facing: The aap recently recommended that babies remain rear facing until at least 2 yrs, or later if under the maximum weight for that seat. Car seats with "side impact protection" are being marketed but there is not yet standard testing for this feature. If possible, the middle of the back seat is safest. Booster seats are for after 4 yrs or 40# (whichever later), but many car seats accommodate 100#. ...Read more

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How can I make sure my car seat is installed properly?

How can I make sure my car seat is installed properly?

Www.seatcheck.org: If after reading the car seat manual and your car's owner manual you're not sure that your car seat is installed properly you can always have an expert check it out. Usually there's a hospital or fire station nearby where someone can check the installation and go over how to secure your baby in the seat. Call 1-866-seat-check or go to www.Seatcheck. Org to find a location near you. ...Read more

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Does my baby need to be in a car seat in buses and taxis?

Does my baby need to be in a car seat in buses and taxis?

Yes: If your child is in a moving vehicle, she should be in a car seat with the restraint straps in place. In automobiles (including taxis), she should be in the rear seat and using the vehicle restraint system. The car seat must be used in busses also, although vehicle restraint systems are rare on busses. ...Read more

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My 3 y/o weighs 37lbs what kind of car seat does he need to be in?

My 3 y/o weighs 37lbs what kind of car seat does he need to be in?

Carseat dependent : Under 4 years old I would recommended a forward facing carseat with a 5 point harness. Weight depends on the carseat recommendations ...Read more

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What age does your child have to be before they can come out of their car seat in florida?

What age does your child have to be before they can come out of their car seat in florida?

Car seat: Children should remain rear facing until age 2 or until they exceed maximum height/weight limits for seat. Then should be in forward facing car seat until same maximum's reached. Then use approved booster seat until height of 4 feet 9 inches. ...Read more

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Could having to slam very hard on the breaks with my child is in the car, properly in her car seat, hurt her? Could she be hurt and I not know?

Could having to slam very hard on the breaks with my child is in the car, properly in her car seat, hurt her? Could she be hurt and I not know?

Hard to say: The potential for such an injury would depend on the kids age/size and how they were positioned in the car. I saw one that ended up a quadraplegic from such a stop at 6 wks, but mom had baby improperly positioned forward facing. Rear facing kids have little or no risk and such a stop in a kid over 2 would rarely cause injury. A good exam by a doc should be able to tell. ...Read more

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Which car seat is safest for my 3 month old child?

Which car seat is safest for my 3 month old child?

Rear facing harness: The rear facing five point harness system is my choice for all infants under two and up to three if your child is still in the seats weight range. I prefer the convertable systems since you can get four or more years of use out of one seat. The model you understand how to install is your best bet. ...Read more

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At what age should an infant stop using a car seat?

At what age should an infant stop using a car seat?

Confused ?: A child passenger should ride in a proper passenger safety restraint for size and age until they are old enough to graduate to seat belts. This is usually age 12 yrs in the US. Kids change from a rear facing 5 point system to a forward facing no sooner than age 2 yrs. The best forward facing systems include a 5 point restraint which are available up to 60-80 lbs. Boosters are then used until 57" tall ...Read more

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What is the oldest age I can use a car seat for my daughter?

What is the oldest age I can use a car seat for my daughter?

Depends...: You can use a car seat until the child exceeds the listed capacity on the seat you have. ...Read more

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