Yes to rear-fac­ing baby seats

HOW A BABY is po­si­tioned in a rear-fac­ing car seat.

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News -

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,

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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.

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