Friday, October 7, 2011

Fact Friday :Many parents switch child safety seats too soon

75% of 500 parents started placing their child in a front-facing car seat before age 2 and 30% of parents switched their child to the front-facing seat before age 1. The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidelines for the use of car seats in April, recommending that children stay in rear-facing car seats until age 2. A rear-facing child safety seat does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash, because it distributes the force of the collision over the entire body. Thank you Dr Jopling for bringing this article to our attention. Click here for the full article and also read a past blog entry reminder about the new recommendations.

Utah has Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations in every community throughout Utah that work to educate families about the proper use of child safety seats.  Many of these Inspection Stations offer child safety seats and booster seats at a reduced cost to low-income families. To find the nearest location, call the Primary Children's Car Seat Hot Line 801-662-CARS or visit these informative web sites:
We know you want to keep your children safe and we want to help. If you have any questions please ask your pediatrician or visit one of these great websites.
Info from-AAP and,0,50595.story

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