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:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... ... Mirixa Corporation recently unveiled the MirixaPro 6.0 platform. As the industry’s leading ... management services are delivered. Based on industry research and market feedback, the ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... September 19, 2017 , ... ... people searching for solutions to their neck and back pain with a reputable ... network. Allegion Spine Institute , formerly known as Nevada Spine Clinic was ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... The ISO 9001 standard ... businesses and organizations become more efficient and improve customer satisfaction. ISO 9001:2015 was released ... own QMS, with a deadline of September 2018. , As described in ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... , ... September 19, 2017 ... ... DACVIM, a board-certified veterinary oncologist, has agreed to serve as strategic adviser ... Dr. Tripp is founder of the Bridge Animal Referral Center (BARC) ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... , ... Ron Norman, CEO of Team Decades, http://www.teamdecades.com , stressed to ... than generic impression in the job market if one is looking for career expansion. ... that the first impression they give off is not a good one," says Norman, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/18/2017)... ALLENTOWN , Pa. and KALAMAZOO, Mich. ... Allentown, Penn. , and OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy ... a business partnership to offer a strategic hub service ... PMD Healthcare,s highly sought-after personal spirometer, Spiro PD 2.0, ... A spirometer is a medical device used ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... 12, 2017   EcoVadis , the leading platform for environmental, social ... annual edition of its Global CSR Risk and Performance Index. The report ... based on Scorecard Ratings that analyzed nearly 800,000 data points across the ... ... ...
(Date:9/9/2017)... ... ... Monday, September 18 th .The Brain Tumor Foundation (BTF) begins a week-long ... BTF,s Mobile MRI Unit – a 70 Ft. ... brings its nationwide initiative, the Road to Early Detection Sponsor-A-City Campaign to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: