Winter Coats Can Be Dangerous When Securing Your Child in a Car Seat
Winter in the south can be brutal at times; however, even on “warmer” days children still need a coat during the winter. What you put on your child to protect him or her from the winter cold can be dangerous if your child is in a car seat. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), bulky clothing, including winter coats and snowsuits, should not be worn under a car seat harness. The bulkiness prevents you from tightening the harnesses securely to prevent the child from being ejected from the car seat in the event of a collision.
Some tips to keep your child warm AND safe in a car seat this winter include:
- Keep the carrier portion of the car seat inside when not in use so that it is room temperature.
- Dress your child in hats, mittens, socks, and booties to reduce the loss of body heat.
- Dress your child in thin layers including long underwear or a thermal knit shirt.
- Use a blanket or coat over the straps once your child is in the car.
Other Car Seat Safety Tips
According to Safe Kids, using a car seat or child safety seat correctly can reduce the risk of death by as much as seventy-one percent. Unfortunately, over seventy percent of car seats are not installed properly. Parents should use the car seat checklist and find a Safe Kids car seat inspection event near them to ensure their car seat is installed properly.
Other car seat safety tips include:
- Register your car seat immediately to receive important updates and recall notices from the manufacturer.
- Never buy a used car seat unless you know its full crash history. Buying a used car seat at a yard sale or a thrift store can put your child at risk.
- Always wear your seatbelt as a good example for your child.
- Use a rear-facing car seat at least until 2 years old or as long as possible.
- Always put children in the back seat.
- Always check the label carefully to ensure you are purchasing the correct car seat for your child’s height and weight.
- If your child exceeds the maximum height and weight limits for car seats; your child’s shoulders are above the car seat’s top harness; OR, the tops of your child’s ears are above the top of the car seat, it is time to move to a booster seat.
- Only use small, soft toys. Hard toys can be dangerous in an accident.
- If an attachment did not come with the car seat, it has not been crash tested and could be dangerous in an accident.
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