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Infant and child car seats
Child car seats
As many of us know, accidents are one of the major causes of injury and death in children. To keep children safer while driving, it is important to use child car seats properly. Car seats are required by law for children under 40 pounds. Unfortunately, studies show that most people do NOT have their car seats installed properly . The confusion is understandable -- there are different car seats for different heights, weights, and ages of children.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. In addition, police inspection services can help you identify installation problems.
Here are the most critical points:
Some models are convertible seats that can be used at different stages. However, as your child grows up, you will need to buy at least two car seats, since no model covers the range from newborn all the way up to 80 lbs.
There are flat car seats for preterm babies to help them get enough oxygen. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all preterm babies be observed in a car seat for fit and breathing stability before discharge from the hospital.
Update Date: 12/4/2003A.D.A.M. editorial. Previously reviewed by Elizabeth Hait, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network (5/21/2003).
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT