September is Baby Safety Month.
Mickie Kreft, an injury prevention expert with Sparrow Hospital, stopped by 6 News This Morning to talk with Jorma Duran about baby safety, and maybe more specifically, new guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding child safety seats.
>>> Call 517-364-3760 to schedule a child car safety seat inspection at Sparrow
The most dangerous activity of children in daily life is riding in a car. Being a passenger in a car is the number one cause of death in children 4 and older and the second most important cause in children under 4. These facts aren’t meant to be alarming, but a reminder we should have children riding in the safest way. The American Academy of Pediatrics continuously monitors this data and recently issued new car seat guidelines for younger children.
Instead of just keeping children facing backwards until the second birthday, the AAP, using the latest safety data, now advises keeping them facing backwards in their car seats until the child no longer fits in that seat position.
When a child rides rear-facing, the head, neck, and spine are all supported by the hard shell of the car safety seat, allowing the car seat to absorb most of the crash forces, and protecting the most vulnerable parts of the body. When children ride forward-facing, their bodies are restrained by the harness straps, but their heads – which for toddlers are disproportionately large and heavy – are thrown forward, possibly resulting in spine and head injuries, according to the AAP.
For more information watch the video above.