AAP recommends rear-faced car seat for toddlers below 2 years old (Video)

By on Mar 22, 2011 in Lifestyle, Parenting, United States Comments

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now recommends to parents to use rear-faced car seat for their infants and toddlers who are below 2 years old, as shown in the video below.

Child Passenger Safety Recommendations 2011
Image Credit: Dr. Dennis Durbin/YouTube

According to the latest recommended policy issued by AAP on Monday, March 21, 2011 on their official website, toddlers below 2 years old should use rear-faced car seat to keep them safe while traveling.

AAP also strongly suggests to parents that their toddlers should reach the maximum weight and height before they should be allowed to sit facing the front of the car, as a safety precaution.

The new policy, which is also published in Pediatrics journal April 2011 issue, added that children reaching 4 feet and 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years old should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat.

Apparently, this new recommendation by the AAP changes the older policy which was issued in 2002, that infants and toddlers who already reached their first birthday or weighed at least 20 pounds may be placed sitting facing the front of the car.

“Parents often look forward to transitioning from one stage to the next, but these transitions should generally be delayed until they’re necessary, when the child fully outgrows the limits for his or her current stage,” Dennis Durbin, MD, FAAP, told on the report, who happens to be the lead author of the policy statement along with the technical report.

“A rear-facing child safety seat does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash, because it distributes the force of the collision over the entire body,” Dr. Durbin added, who is also speaking in the video below.

Child Passenger Safety Recommendations 2011
Video Credit: BoosterSeatSafety/Dr. Dennis Durbin/YouTube

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