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What are some safety precautions I should take for my 2-3 year old child when traveling by car?

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Dr. Jeffrey Seiden
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine

In brief: Car seats!

Properly securing an appropriate car seat is vital to the child's safety.
Safe driving practices are obviously essential too!

In brief: Car seats!

Properly securing an appropriate car seat is vital to the child's safety.
Safe driving practices are obviously essential too!
Dr. Jeffrey Seiden
Dr. Jeffrey Seiden
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics

In brief: Car seat safety

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Under 40 lbs needs a forward facing 5 point restraint car seat that is properly installed. Have a local agency specializing (i.E fire station) in car seat installation and get yours checked out. Make sure the straps fit correctly and are at the right height. Lastly, make sure your car is in good working order and safe for the kids to ride in.

In brief: Car seat safety

This is the big answer to this question.
Under 40 lbs needs a forward facing 5 point restraint car seat that is properly installed. Have a local agency specializing (i.E fire station) in car seat installation and get yours checked out. Make sure the straps fit correctly and are at the right height. Lastly, make sure your car is in good working order and safe for the kids to ride in.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Couple suggestions

Your preferred plan is for baby to face the face the rear window in a convertible car seat.
It is acceptable to forward face after two years old if over 20 pounds but i recommend they rear face to the seat's rf weight limit. Never leave a child alone in a car while you run an errand. You could lose your child to a thief or heatstroke.

In brief: Couple suggestions

Your preferred plan is for baby to face the face the rear window in a convertible car seat.
It is acceptable to forward face after two years old if over 20 pounds but i recommend they rear face to the seat's rf weight limit. Never leave a child alone in a car while you run an errand. You could lose your child to a thief or heatstroke.
Dr. James Ferguson
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