Childrenís Car Safety
Monday, November 24, 2008

Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. Proper use of car safety seats can help keep children safe. Dr. Edward Hill discusses childrenís car safety in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

All children younger than 12 years old should ride in the back seat of the car. This is safer if there is a crash. If your child is not big enough to fit into a safety belt, he or she should use a child safety seat or a booster seat. You will need to change the seat as your child grows.

When the safety belt fits, your child should be able to sit with:

back against the carís seat

legs bent over the front of the seat

the lap belt low and tight

the shoulder belt across the middle of the chest and middle of the collarbone

A booster seat helps the seat belt fit better for older children who are not big enough for the safety belt alone.

Until your child is a year old and weighs more than 20 pounds, he or she should be in a back-facing safety seat. The back of the safety seat helps support the head and neck during a crash.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.