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How the Right Car Seat Can Save Your Baby’s Life

How the Right Car Seat Can Save Your Baby’s Life


In the US, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 4 and up, and the second leading cause of unintentional death in children between the ages of 1 and 4. Air bags and seat belts are designed to protect adults, not children. The airbag in the dashboard of a car can kill a child, so all children under 13 must ride in an age-appropriate car seat in the back seat, preferably in the middle, if the car seat can be properly installed there.

If your child must ride in the front seat on occasion, deactivate the airbag if possible, or push the seat all the way back from the dashboard. Never let an infant in a rear-facing car seat ride in the front seat.

As a general rule, babies should ride in a rear-facing seat until age 2 and then in a forward-facing seat with harness until at least age four, when they can transition to a booster seat paired with a seat belt. Again, these are general guidelines. Use your individual child’s height and weight to determine when they’re ready for their next car seat.

This series of information comes from Dr. Dania Rumbak and Baby Doctor. Dr. Dania Rumbak, co-founder of Baby Doctor, is a fully licensed Pediatrician, board-certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care, and serves as an Assistant Professor at Columbia University Children's Hospital. She is also a mohel, and in her nine years of experience has performed more than 2,000 circumcisions. Baby Doctor offers parents pediatric services on demand. We bring the following services right to your home: Pediatric Urgent Care, Lactation, and Circumcision. Learn more at:

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