In the past, pediatricians recommended that babies be kept in their rear-facing car seats until they were one year old and at least twenty pounds. However, recent research has demonstrated that the rearfacing position is much safer for babies who are far older than twelve months of age and much heavier than twenty pounds. Which parents want to use the absolute minimum in safety standards? Since the year 2002, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that children remain in their rear-facing car seats for as long as their weight allows them to fit into the seats in that position. The back of the car seat supports a childâ€™s head, neck, and spine in case of a frontal crash, and absorbs the bulk of the impact. The AAP reports here http://aapnews.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/30/4/12-a that children up to age two are five times safer in a rear-facing car seat than riding forward-facing. The British Medical Journal reviewed studies of children from the US and Sweden and concluded that children should be kept in rear-facing car seats until they are four years old. The safety of children riding in vehicles is determined by statistics. Side or frontal impact collisions are much more common than rear crashes, and sitting in a rear-facing seat protects a child by having the seat absorb the bulk of the crash impact. When a child is under the age of there, a tiny stretch in the spinal cord of only Âź of an inch can cause irreparable damage. Riding in a rear-facing safety seat protects the spinal cord because the body of the car seat will absorb much of the crash impact in case of a collision. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of children. Do your part to protect your child, and keep her in a rear-facing position for as long as possible. There are many car seats on the market today which will allow your child to ride rear facing until they weigh 30 â€“ 40 lbs. The Britax Boulevard is rated for rear-facing children up to 35 lbs. The Britax Marathon can be used in the rear-facing position for children who weigh up to 35 lbs. The Britax Roundabout 55 can be used for children who weigh up to 40 lbs in the rear-facing position. The Evenflo Triumph Advance is rated for rear-facing traveling for kids who weigh up to 35 lbs.
Published on Dec 28, 2010