When should I turn my child around to face forward in a car seat?
br> br>According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), for best protection, children should ride in a rear-facing car seat to the highest weight that is allowed for use by the manufacturer of the car seat. Children are 5 times safer riding in a rear-facing position than when riding in a forward-facing position into the second year of life.*
The latest recommendation
by the AAP
is that "all infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat until 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the car safety seat manufacturer. Once your child has outgrown the rear-facing height or weight limit, she should ride in a forward-facing car safety seat." More details can be found here at the AAP parenting's web site
*Reference: M. J. Bull and D. R. Durbin Rear-Facing Car Safety Seats: Getting the Message Right
Pediatrics, March 1, 2008; 121(3): 619 - 620. FULL ARTICLE ACCESS
For children with certain clinical diagnoses, adaptive equipment designed for use during transportation may be beneficial to help them achieve their goals. Always check with your child's therapists before using equipment to make sure that it is appropriate. Some of the clinical diagnoses that might include but are not limited to the following: Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Gross Motor Delay, Spina Bifida, Autism, and Traumatic Brain Injury.