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What is the appropriate age to allow a toddler to sit "forward facing" in a carseat? And why?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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 ff @ 1yr are uninformed or negligent.

In brief: 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 ff @ 1yr are uninformed or negligent.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: 1 year
You can do it at 1 year of age, but nowadays the recommendations to keep him rear facing as long as you can.

In brief: 1 year
You can do it at 1 year of age, but nowadays the recommendations to keep him rear facing as long as you can.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Dr. James Ferguson
Published risks for FF at a year have been out there for more than a year.A physician who suggests that it is ok at this point may not understand the risk, but remains exposed to major liability when the parents come after you after a predictable injury. If you don't follow this literature send these folks to Kidsafe programs for info. Just because U did it for Ur kids doesn't mean it was correct.
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