Brrr…It’s been a cold winter! Here are three tips to keep your child safe in the car seat or booster seat:
- Dress your child in normal layering (just as you would dress them indoors) when being buckled in the car seat.
- Make sure the straps of the buckles are snug. If you can pinch the straps of the harness between your two fingers, then the strap is too loose.
Wearing bulky winter coats or snowsuits in a car seat does not allow appropriate tightening of the harness; in other words, in the event of a crash, a child can move forward too far or even be ejected causing injury.
- Cover your child with their coat or blanket once they are safely buckled in. Some parents even choose to have their kids wear their coats backward in the car.
Visit: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Car-Safety-Seats-Information-for-Families.aspx for more information and general tips on car sear safety.
Written by Dr. Michelle Dalal, now welcoming new patients! View her profile here.
About Michelle Dalal, MD
As a mother herself, pediatrician Dr. Michelle Dalal has learned a lot from raising her two children. “You learn a lot as a parent, particularly in the infancy and toddler stage on how to deal with things,” she explains. “I think being a parent makes a big difference in terms of how you treat pediatric patients. I get a lot of questions about immunizations, I get a lot of questions about how to make sure a child’s diet remains...View profile View posts by this doctor