When it comes to children, both Dr. Matt and Dr. Elizabeth share a passion of trying to educate the public and families about the importance of keeping your child's spine healthy as well as keeping your child safe.
Unfortunately, when to comes to car seats statistics show that at least 3 out of 4 seats are not properly installed, placing children at risk of injury or even death should an auto accident occur. Dr. Matt has partnered with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and Safe Kids Worldwide to conduct child seat inspections in our community and insure that your child is properly in their car seat.
Recent updates were made by the American Academy of Pediatrics for the recommended use of car seats. In light of those updates, keep these guidelines in mind when selecting what kind of seat to use:
- Children should be kept in rear-facing car seats until they are one year old AND at least twenty pounds. Ideally, though, they should stay rear facing until they reach maximum height and weight for their seat which is normally found on a sticker on the side of the seat. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, childeren usually need to be turned forward facing at around two years old.
- Children should then ride forward facing until they reach the maximum height and weight for the seat, which is normally found on a sticker on the side or bottom of the seat.
- Once a child outgrows a forward facing childseat, she will need to use a belt positioning booster. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most Children will need to ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 5'0'' in height and are between the ages of 8 and 12 years old. You know your child has outgrown the belt-positioning booster when he can sit with his bottom against the back of the seat with his knees extending past the bottom of the seat and his feet comfortably touching the floor.