Experts Decide to Drop Age Limit of Rear-Facing Car Seats

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The previous advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics was to stop using a rear-facing seat when a child was 2 years old. "But we want parents to balance that excitement and tamper that". The new findings are based on child size rather than age.

Norton Children's Hospital Prevention and Wellness coordinator Sharon Rengers said parents had been told that children should ride in rear facing seats until the age of two.

However, re-analysis of the data revealed that the injury numbers were too low to be considered statistically significant, thereby suggesting that there is still no certainty when it comes to the safest age to transition a child from rear-facing to forward-facing vehicle seats.

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Many young children older than 2 years old might whine about not upgrading to a "big kid" auto 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.

Now the AAP suggests parents keep them rear-facing until they outgrow their auto seat's height and weight limits.

Now, the organization says babies should remain rear-facing until they reach the maximum height and weight allowed by the vehicle seat manufacturer, regardless of their age. They recommend that they then go to a belt-positioning booster seat until the lap and shoulder belt's fit comfortably. "It's best to keep your child rear-facing as long as possible". This typically happens when a child is between 8-12 years old and at least 4 feet, 9 inches.

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Unlike with rear-facing seats, in forward-facing seats, a toddler's head - which is "disproportionately large and heavy" - is thrown forward in a crash, which could lead towards spine and head injuries.

In light of the news, the AAP also launched a few tricks to back parents greater decide when their child ought to serene pass to a forward-going through automotive seat, to a booster seat and past. "The orientation of most parents toward milestones for their kids is that the next stage is positive", he says.

Using the correct auto safety seat or booster seat lowers the risk of death or serious injury by more than 70 percent.

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"The study's talking about the developing spinal system and the bones, and how malleable they are, and it's better to have them rear facing for that impact than it is to have them forward facing", Way said.