Rear-Facing Car Seat Guidelines Updated By The AAP

Rear-Facing Car Seat Guidelines Updated By The AAP

Rear-Facing Car Seat Guidelines Updated By The AAP

New research has led to a big change in child vehicle seat guidelines that the American Academy of Pediatrics believes will save lives. "And that's really why we want kids to ride rear-facing". "Where one of the things that we know with child-passenger safety, is that parents should actually think of it as the opposite".

The change comes after a study that cited data "supported by biometric research, crash simulation data and experience in Europe where children ride rear facing for longer periods" came into question a year ago.

"I think as they grow and their legs get longer it'll be really uncomfortable for them to be in that position for that long, especially on long auto rides", said Woltjer.

Children ought to serene remain in a rear-going through automotive seat for "as long as possible", the AAP said.

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Young, who teaches other parents how to properly install a auto seat, said it's vital to keep young children in a rear-facing seat "because it helps to protect them in the incident of a crash".

Many young children older than 2 years old might whine about not upgrading to a "big kid" vehicle seat yet, but parents can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their child is a safe as possible in the back seat.

Once children reach the height or weight limit and shift to a forward-facing seat, they should use safety seats with harnesses for as long as possible, often up to 65 pounds.

The prior recommendation to keep children rear-facing to age 2 was based in part on a study that found lower risks of injury among children ages 1 to 2 years who were rear-facing.

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Children should remain in rear-facing seats until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the seat manufacturer.

Young said that when it comes to rear-facing seats, parents often make the mistake of turning their kids around too soon. "He's already over 30 pounds, so by the time he's 2, he might be pushing it, but yeah, we'll probably keep him rear facing as long as possible". "The orientation of most parents toward milestones for their kids is that the next stage is positive", he says. This is typically when they reach 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years old.

When children age out of auto seats, they should use booster seats. Each transition - from rear-facing to forward-facing, from forward-facing to booster seat, and from booster seat to seat belt alone - reduces the protection to the child.

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