More in­fants, tod­dlers placed in car seats cor­rectly

Iran Daily - - Health -

Re­search shows over­all child pas­sen­ger safety ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams are work­ing, with more in­fants and tod­dlers be­ing po­si­tioned cor­rectly in car safety seats. The Amer­i­can Academy of Pe­di­atrics, or AAP, rec­om­mends chil­dren be placed in rear-fac­ing car seats un­til at least the age of two, ac­cord­ing to UPI.

The study, which will be pre­sented at the AAP’S Na­tional Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion in Chicago, found that in­fants placed in rear-fac­ing car seats in­creased from 84 per­cent in 2009 to 91 per­cent in 2015.

The per­cent­age of tod­dlers aged be­tween 12-17 months be­ing placed in rear-fac­ing car seats also in­creased dra­mat­i­cally from 12 per­cent to 61 per­cent dur­ing the same time pe­riod.

The study in­cluded 7,725 chil­dren at the age of 15 months and younger in mo­tor ve­hi­cles at 25 dif­fer­ent sites through­out In­di­ana.

Dr. Joseph O’neil, med­i­cal di­rec­tor of the Au­to­mo­tive Safety Pro­gram at Ri­ley Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren, In­di­ana Univer­sity Health, said, “This study shows that child pas­sen­ger safety ed­u­ca­tion has been a suc­cess in mak­ing sure young chil­dren are po­si­tioned cor­rectly in the car, but there is still room for im­prove­ment.”

Re­searchers found for older chil­dren aged be­tween four and seven, booster seat use de­creased from 72 per­cent to 65 per­cent be­tween 2009 and 2015.

The study find­ings sug­gested ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams to im­prove child pas­sen­ger safety could fo­cus on the gaps iden­ti­fied by the study, in­clud­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion to keep chil­dren rear-fac­ing in safety seats through age 24 months, to use booster seats through age 8, and the rec­om­men­da­tion that chil­dren sit in the back seat through age 13.

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