Friday, December 08, 2006
Not Safe For Baby To Sleep In Carseat
A study out of Britain finds that babies could be at risk if left to sleep in standard car safety seats without supervision.
They are safe in the seat if you are to get into an accident, but it shouldn't be substituted for a bed.
The study looked at nine infants who suffered 'life threatening events' while strapped into a car seat where they were left asleep outside the car.
The children were described as "blue", "scrunched up" and "not breathing".
Once the researchers recreated the event, using the child's own car seat, they found that their heads slumped with the jaw pressed down on the chest, which narrowed the airway and caused breathing problems.
"Babies are often left by themselves when they are taken into the house in a car safety seat, which means the parents are not around to keep an eye on them", said Paediatrician Professor Alistair Gunn.
Before we were able to bring our son home from the hospital he had to pass a car seat test. The nurse placed our son in the seat, buckled in, with all of his monitors on him (heart rate and blood oxygen) and watched him for 45 minutes. If he didn't pass than we would not have been able to bring him home until he did. I am not sure if all babies get this test or just preemies, but it definitely gave us a piece of mind during our first journey in the car.