KIds Doctor 5/22/12

With even more cars on the road this time of year, car seat safety is especially important.


Pediatrician Sue Hubbard the Kid's Doctor tells you everything you need to keep your kids safe.



"Millions of families across the United States will hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, with a majority of them driving.  I want to make sure you arrive safely so it's important for everyone to buckle upproperly.


Let's start with little ones. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children up to age two should remain in a rear-facing safety seat.  The reason?: Research shows children younger than 2 are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in a crash if they are rear-facing.


Studies have shown car seats facing to the rear are much safer. And many more independent studies show that rear facing seats increases the survivability rate in children.


There has been concern that rear-facing toddlers whose feet reach the back of the seat are more likely to suffer injuries to the legs & hips, but that is a rare occurrence.


If you're confused read the labels. I went car seat shopping and noticed the instructions are clearly labeled: Rear facing until two years or until a toddler reaches the maximum height and weight as recommended by the specific model.


The next step is a good forward facing car seat with a five point harness that your child will stay in until they reach age 3 or the height and weight recommended by the manufacturer.


Once your child outgrows the car seat, it's time for a booster seat.  This can be any time between age 4-7 depending on your child's weight and height and manufacturer.


For safety sake, keep your kids in the back seat until age 12.  There will be plenty of time for them to call shot gun once they hit the teenage years. Stay safe while traveling this upcoming holiday weekend.


I'm Dr. Sue the Kids Doctor helping parents take charge."


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