According to th eU.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading cause of deah fo rchildren ages 1-19 years old is from injury related to motor vehicle crashes.
While the number of deaths has fallen dramatically in the past ten years, properly restraining children passengers in vehicles helps reduce injuries and fatalities.
"Car safety is a crucial topic, and it can be confusing for
parents, especially with mixed recommendations and a growing number of safety seats on the market. I hope that by clearing up some of this confusion, we can help keep kids safe," says Julia Wenger, Family Nurse Practitioner
at Adventist Health Medical Office – Banks. Julia is an advocate for child passenger seat safety. She says, "It can be difficult for parents to find information on car seat safety. The information parents find can be confusing
and difficult to interpret. Some recommendations are clear; other recommendations for booster seats, for example, can be trickier."
Statistics show that nearly 8 out of 10 people install child safety seats incorrectly. Poor installation is rarely due to apathy, but rather a lack of clear instructions from the car seat and automobile manufacturers. Also, consumers
are often unaware that child safety seats have expiration dates. Parents should carefully inspect child safety seats, no matter the purchase date, to ensure the seats are functioning correctly, not worn or damaged. When in doubt, the parents should discard and replace seats immediately.
Julia Wenger specializes in the care of children, adolescents
and adults. Julia strongly values holistic health care and enjoys collaborating with parents and their children.
Learn more about car seat safety at www.togetherinspired.ah.org
Adventist Health Medical Office
12350 N.W. Main Street, Suite 112
Banks, OR 97106