Navigation Links
Crash experts find car seats protect overweight kids, too
Date:11/29/2011

Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention studied nearly 1,000 1- to 8-year-old children involved in crashes and found no evidence of increased injury risk for children across a broad weight range. All of the children included in the study were properly restrained in the correct child safety seat or booster seat for their height and weight. The research also suggests that the current range of child safety seats and booster seats available today sufficiently accommodates a broad spectrum of children's body sizes, including children with higher weights. The results are published online in the December issue of the journal Pediatrics.

"Given that nearly 32 percent of children in the United States are categorized as overweight or obese, and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for all children, we wanted to better understand how these two threats to children's health interact," explained lead author Mark Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE, an attending emergency physician at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "This research should reassure parents that their only concern when it comes to car seat safety should be to follow the most recent guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics."

Current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines, revised earlier this year, say that children should remain rear-facing until at least age 2 or until they reach the rear-facing height and weight limit for the car seat. Once forward-facing, children should stay in a five-point harness until they reach the manufacturer's height and weight limit for that seat. They should then move to a belt-positioning booster seat, where they should remain until they are 4'9" tall, usually between ages 8 and 12.

"A good time to re-evaluate child safety seat needs is during your child's routine medical visits. Compare your child's weight and height measurements to the manufacturer's acceptable ranges on the seat's labels or instructions," says Zonfrillo, who is the father of a toddler. "There's no 'one-size-fits-all'. If your older child moved to a booster seat at age 5, don't necessarily assume it will be the same for his or her younger siblings."

The authors also note the important role pediatricians and family physicians play in making sure their patients are well-protected in the car. During each visit where height and weight are evaluated, they should counsel parents to check their child's measurements against their child's safety seat. "Physicians should feel comfortable referring patient families with more complex questions to their local child passenger safety technicians, who are trained and certified experts," says Zonfrillo.


'/>"/>
Contact: Dana Mortensen
mortensen@email.chop.edu
267-426-6092
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Car Crash Injury Risk Greater for Women Drivers: Study
2. Fatal crashes in the US: Fewer Canadian drivers under the influence
3. Too Many Kids Injured in ATV Crashes, Study Finds
4. Fewer Than Half of Kids Hurt in Car Crashes Wearing Seat Belts
5. Teen Crash Risk High in First Month of Driving, Study Finds
6. Pot Smoking May More Than Double Crash Risk
7. Driving Restrictions Help Prevent Deadly Crashes Among 16-Year-Olds
8. Oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico claim 139 lives in helicopter crashes
9. Kids Fare Better in Crashes When Grandparents Driving: Study
10. Even One Glass of Beer, Wine Boosts Car Crash Risk: Study
11. Drug use tied to fatal car crashes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... , ... In sleep, when the defenses of the day are at rest, ... with eating disorders is significant self-criticism, and consequently these patients experience this disease with ... maladaptive means for coping with this unease, but also leads to a reservoir of ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... practical mobile kitchens, recently announced the debut of their latest mobile kitchen model, ... Kitchens provides organizations with modern, high-volume commercial kitchens for use anywhere in the ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Moscow, Russia (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... update has a completely new user interface design and the developer has fixed known ... with those they want to on their phone while not consuming any of their ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... , ... –This week, Atascadero water heater company First Call Plumbing ... view the report, click here or see below. , There are ... and cons, the type chosen is almost entirely up to personal preference. However, tankless ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... ... tired of trying to cram belongings into spare space that just isn’t there, a self-storage ... before hastily spending money on a unit, take these tips into consideration. , Self-storage is ... often not told when utilizing these services are some tips on how to use the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... For hospitals considering enrollment in the Federal ... the program, the Health Resources and Services Administration,s (HRSA) ... Mega-Guidance , could have significant impact on plans and ... 2016. Essential Insights , Daniel Neal, ... the Mega-Guidance,s key proposed changes, including a new requirement ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... 2016  SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCLN ... into a settlement agreement with the United States ... SEC,s investigation into possible violations of the Foreign ... the settlement agreement, SciClone has agreed to pay ... interest and a penalty.  This payment is in ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... LONDON , Feb. 4, 2016 ... Identifying and Commercializing First-in-Class Innovation ... disorder associated with chronic inflammation of the airways ... of COPD symptoms make the disease one of ... cause of death in the world. COPD is ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: