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Car seats

  1. 1. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Car Seatsand yourChild’s Safety
  2. 2. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Any parent with a newborn to preschooler knowsabout car seats; a necessary evil that comes withany automobile trip.
  3. 3. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Whether it’s a short jaunt to the grocery store or athree hour drive to visit relatives, the child restraintsystem is required by law for your child’s safety.But how safe is it?
  4. 4. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.NHTSA RecommendationsThe National Highway TrafficSafety Administration statesthat for your child’s safetyyou should follow certainguidelines.
  5. 5. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.NHTSA RecommendationsInfants (birth to oneyear of age or weighingless than 22 pounds)require a rear-facingconvertible seat.
  6. 6. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.NHTSA RecommendationsToddlers (over one yearof age or weighing 20-40pounds) need a forward-facing convertible seat.
  7. 7. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.NHTSA RecommendationsYoung Children (ages4 to 8 years, unless atleast 4’8” tall andweighing more than40 pounds) need abooster seat in aforward-facing position.
  8. 8. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.NHTSA RecommendationsPlease note: your statemay have stricter safetyseat laws than theseNHTSA recommendations.To review your state’schild passenger safetylaws please visit:www.inventiveparent.com/state-laws.htm
  9. 9. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.NHTSA RecommendationsAny children ages 12 andyounger should ride in thebackseat at all times.This is especially true if thevehicle is equipped withpassenger side airbags.
  10. 10. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The pursuit of the perfectcar seat has created avariety of systems, checksand balances in the hopeof making our children’ssafety a little more secure.Additional Features
  11. 11. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.LATCH, an acronym for the“Lower Anchors and Tethersfor Children” system is oneof the latest attempts todecrease the problemsrelated to improperlyinstalled car seats.Additional Features
  12. 12. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.As of September 2000, allnew automobiles (exceptconvertibles) are requiredto have a special attachmentthat secures the tetherstrap found on most newrestraint systems.Additional Features
  13. 13. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The purpose of these adjustable straps is tosecure the seat to the rear window shelf, flooror back of the vehicle seat.Additional FeaturesThe strap will keep the top of the car seat frommoving too far forward, reducing the possibilityof head injuries during crashes.
  14. 14. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.In September of 2002, a second feature wasrequired: a lower attachment bar with a matchingfeature on a car seat (buckle, hook or connector)that snaps onto the lower anchor bar of thevehicle.Additional Features
  15. 15. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.You would think that with all these new safetymeasures being taken and car seat laws in everystate, children would be completely safe duringan auto accident; you would be wrong.Additional Features
  16. 16. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Still Number OneDespite all the latestimprovements to carseats, injuries caused bymotor vehicle collisionsremain the leading causeof death in children 2 to 14.It is also the leading causeof disabling injuries in thatsame age group.
  17. 17. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Still Number OneJust as a seat belt ismeant only to restrainan adult during an autoaccident, the car seat hasthe same purpose…They are called childrestraint systems, notchild life preservers, forthat very reason.
  18. 18. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Still Number OneParents mistakenlybelieve that if theirchild is in a car seatthat they are immunefrom injury during amotor vehicle collision.
  19. 19. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Still Number OneThe intent of the carseat is only to lessenthe degree of risk tothe child.
  20. 20. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Most insurance companiesand many parents believethat a child in a car seat issomehow invulnerable toinjury.Child Injury
  21. 21. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.An adult may seekChiropractic careimmediately after anautomobile accident,not realizing that theirchild should be evaluatedfor the same reason.Child Injury
  22. 22. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Why is this?Generally, if a child doesn’t complain of pain,it never occurs to a pediatrician or parent thatany injury was sustained during the collision.Child Injury
  23. 23. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Due to their inability tocommunicate their painor discomfort, you maynot be aware that yourchild suffered an injury.Look for Signs
  24. 24. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.As a parent, you mayobserve some of thefollowing symptoms:• Irritability• Lethargy• Restlessness• Night terrorsLook for Signs
  25. 25. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Other symptoms mayalso include:• Poor mental focus• Poor appetite• Change in bowelmovements• Very clingyLook for Signs
  26. 26. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.It’s important to realize that even a child in asafety seat can be injured.They’re not being thrown around the car orinto the back of the seat in front of them,but they are still suffering from the impact.Acceleration/Deceleration Injuries
  27. 27. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.A child’s body is beingheld to the car by therestraint but their headand arms are thrownforward, which cancause mild to severedamage to their spineand nervous system.Acceleration/Deceleration Injuries
  28. 28. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Even the best-positionedand properly installed carseat can only afford yourchild a certain amount ofprotection from injury.Acceleration/Deceleration Injuries
  29. 29. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The SUV and Your ChildThe Sports Utility Vehicle is growing in popularity,and partially due to their large size, they’rebecoming the newest, latest and greatestfamily car.
  30. 30. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The SUV and Your ChildIt may be that parentsbelieve because SUVs arebigger, that they’re safer.Pediatrics magazinerecently published a studythat would prove thistheory wrong.Source: Pediatrics, Vol. 117, No. 1, January 2006, pp. 9-14
  31. 31. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.In any type of auto accident, SUVs are fourtimes more likely to roll over than any otherpassenger car, and a roll over crash increasesthe likelihood of serious injury by 229%.The SUV and Your Child
  32. 32. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The SUV and Your ChildThe risk of serious injurycaused in an SUV increasedan average of 2400% forthe child that is notproperly restrained; withthat risk being as high as9253% when the child isnot restrained at all.
  33. 33. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The SUV and Your ChildDespite the fact that thecar is bigger, heavier andmay feel like a tank, theincreased tendency to rollafter impact means that anSUV actually increases therisk of serious childhoodinjury.
  34. 34. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The SaferCar Seat
  35. 35. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Despite all the best efforts, there is noperfect car seat, safety seat or child restraintsystem because they all require installation.The NHTSA reports that more than 80% ofall car seats are improperly installed and,when properly installed, they reduce the riskof childhood mortality by 54%.The Safer Car Seat
  36. 36. Call 866-SEAT-CHECK or visit www.seatcheck.organd find a safety-seat inspection facility near you.Get a Checkup
  37. 37. You will be directed to a location in your communitywhere a licensed professional will inspect and,if necessary, install your child’s car seat properly.It’s a Matter of Safety
  38. 38. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Your Doctor of Chiropractic is dedicated to yourfamily’s overall health and wellness.Ask your Family Wellness Chiropractor for theCar Seats and Your Child’s Safety newsletter.
  39. 39. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.
  40. 40. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.
  41. 41. © 2007 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.How to Contact Us…Gregson Health Chiropractic425 Winter StreetMadawaska, ME 04756P: (207) 436-1256www.GregsonHealth.comDrGregson@GregsonHealth.com

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