Parents need more education on car and booster seat safety, advise paediatricians
OTTAWA, Friday, April 4, 2008,? Doctors should help educate parents on the proper use of infant and child car seats, says the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) in a new statement.
The position statement, published this week in Paediatrics & Child Health, provides detailed recommendations for selecting, positioning, installing and using car and booster seats. Every year, more than 2,500 children between the ages of 1 and 4 years are injured or killed in car collisions in Canada.
"Too many young Canadian children are injured in collisions, when the majority of these injuries can be avoided by proper use of car and booster seats," said Dr. Lynne Warda, chair of the CPS Injury Prevention Committee.
"Parents need to be more aware of how to choose, install and use car seats properly, and doctors should be able to provide this guidance," said Dr. Charmaine van Schaik, a community paediatrician in Aurora, Ont., and author of the CPS statement.
To access the full statement, visit: www.cps.ca/english/statements/IP/IP08-01.htm.
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