Yes to rear-facing baby seats
HOW A BABY is positioned in a rear-facing car seat.
SOME STORE OWNERS say all babies should be seated in rear-facing car seats up until the age of two, or 22 pounds, whichever came first.
Their advice has come in the aftermath of the case of father of three Dave Searles, who was acquitted last week after he forgot his five-month-old son Ethan in a rear-facing car seat in his vehicle in 2012.
Gael Alluard, co-owner of the Dwellings Inc. in Canewood, St Thomas, said it was recommended by the American Academy of Paediatrics that children be placed in rear-facing car seats from hospital discharge.
“This is not our take, but rather what is recommended. Infants should be in rear-facing car seats starting from their first ride home from the hospital, until they are two years of age or preferably until they are the highest weight or height allowed by their seat manufacturer. Those are the US safety guidelines, which we also use,” she said during a telephone interview yesterday.
The mother of four said she did not think it was the seat itself that was dangerous.
“The fact that he forgot the child in the car seat has nothing to do with the car seat being rear-facing or dangerous. It’s probably also good to have one of those mirrors where you can see the child in the car seat on the back seat, so when you look in the rear view mirror you can see the child there. It would make it easier for you to remember,” she said.
Mary Marshall, of Little Munchkins Baby and Toddler Store in Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St Michael, stressed that a rear-facing car seat was a must.
“The rear-facing car seats normally [cater to children] from five to 22 pounds. You can’t put it the other way around. I don’t see the car seat as the problem,
because most of the car seats come rear-facing for the small babies. It’s just that you got to be careful with your child. I don’t think it’s the actual seat that causes a problem, because most of the books tell you when the children are small, they should be rear-facing only. I really don’t think it is the car seat,” she said.
Police public relations officer, Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler, advised parents to make a to-do list to not get caught up or overwhelmed by their day-to-day activities.
“People must always be mindful that they are carrying children in the vehicle, and that all precautionary measures be taken; that children are still the forefront of their thoughts,” he said. ( RA)
WHEN OUTSIDE GETS DARK, Antonio Renaldo Browne will have to find his way inside his father’s house.
That’s because the teenaged joiner was placed on a dusk-till-dawn curfew by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-sargeant yesterday after he admitted having cannabis on October 8.
The 17-year-old, of Pasture Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael, was ordered to be inside between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Additionally, he will have to complete 180 hours of community service.
The court heard that Browne was seen by police at Pirates Cove smoking what appeared to be cannabis. When they approached and asked to search him, he ran off, but was seen ten minutes later in the vicinity of Browne’s Beach.
On seeing the police, Browne ran off again but was spotted removing a bag from his back pocket and throwing it away.
He was eventually apprehended and the bag recovered. It contained 14 small ziplock bags and two small grease-proof wrappings.
The drugs weighed 6.8 grammes.
The magistrate had initially arranged for Browne to undergo drug rehabilitation, but he was not deemed a good candidate by the probation officer.
He was eventually released on $1 500 bail and ordered to return to court next February 2.