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  • Is your Child Truly Safe inside your Car?

    Here are some important tips on how to optimize your child’s safety while traveling while on the road.
    by Carmela Kaewdaeng .
  • Prevention is key
    According to Genaro Wilfred C. Asis, M.D., orthopedic doctor, and FPOA of Loyola International Multi-Specialty Clinic, prevention is the best tool to avoid accidents. “Why drive fast when you know you have a child in the car? If you want to speed up, install a five-point seatbelt for yourself and your child and let him wear a helmet.” He further advises, “The worst place to position your child is in front - whether or not he is seated on your lap. During an impact, he may hit his head on the dashboard or worse, he might fly out the windshield. The airbag could also suffocate a child, or you could crush him on impact because the force of the car is pushing forward. This will cause a greater injury on your child because you may crush his thorax.”

    Dr. Asis adds, “A rear-facing infant seat is still the best. Assuming you hit your vehicle head on, the carrier will be able to protect your child when it pushes to the front. The design is made to enclose the child during an impact.”


    Car seat savvy
    Even a newborn must be placed in a car seat for safety. “If you could afford to have a car, then you could afford a child seat,” says Tuason. “Car seats are for younger kids who do not fit in a regular car seatbelt system. Infants need to ride in a rear-facing child seat while kids ages two to four may sit on a forward-facing child seat. Both of these systems should have independent five-point harnesses for the child. Use the car seatbelt system to hold down the device. Kids ages five to eight need a booster seat to avoid having the seatbelt go over their face or neck,” he adds.


    Infant seat
    •    Make sure this is installed facing the rear. Volvo, as an advocate of car safety, says, “In a frontal collision, a small child’s neck cannot withstand the strain involved if the head is flung forward. A child’s head can be exposed to forces corresponding to a load of 100kg. However, in a rear-facing seat, these loads on the body will be spread out on the child seat backrest to help reduce the strain on the neck.”

    •    Is the child seat too big for your baby? Try adding bolster pillows or rolled-up towels on the side of the carrier so your baby fits snugly.

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