It’s a safe and effective way to protect your baby from head and neck injuries during a car crash.
But now, a new study is warning parents of a serious health risk if their child is left in the car while it’s still in its booster seat.
A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that babies left in booster seats can become severely dehydrated and even die in the event of a head-on collision.
The researchers, led by researchers at Duke University School of Medicine, examined the risk of dehydration and sudden cardiac arrest following car crashes.
The study found that car seat booster seats were associated with a slightly higher rate of sudden cardiac death compared to seat belts.
The findings are a wake-up call to parents who have recently purchased a car seat or who have purchased a child car seat and are concerned about the risk they are putting their child in.
The authors found that a booster seat was more likely to be in the “inoperable condition” after the crash, which meant that the baby could not breathe on its own or it could die within a few minutes.
In a statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) called for all new car seats to be fitted with a booster.
“A booster seat is a safety feature that protects infants from sudden cardiac and/or head-impact injury.
The AAP strongly recommends that car seats be designed to provide a sufficient amount of cushioning to ensure that infants do not suffer a sudden cardiac or head-impacts,” the statement read.”
It is important to note that a seat belt is not a substitute for the use of a booster, and should not be used as a substitute in all circumstances.”
The AAP said it’s working to improve seat belts for all car seats in the US, but added that it has not made a recommendation for parents to use booster seats.ABC/wiresTopics:health,accidents,health-policy,nsw,united-statesFirst posted November 26, 2020 11:36:34Contact Andrew MabbuttMore stories from New South Wales