Child car seats and the Law

 CIMG0371 Having just had to return my children’s school uniform because when I got it home it was too short, I actually have measured my little giants up against the M&S  height chart. Andrew is now going into aged 11 trousers when he only turns 8 in October. Anyway that led me to thinking about car seats and whether he now needs one. A quick google came up with a fantastic site www.childcarseats.org.uk. which contains a wealth of information to make sure you are not found breaking the law. I recommend a visit. Needless to say my eldest can now travel without the booster. He’ll be driving before we know it!

Another good read is the link on the junior magazine website for carseats. Health professionals now recommend that babies should not be left in a car seat for longer than two hours, and ideally less than one hour. This is because research suggests that sitting small babies in semi-upright positions may have serious health risks. Babies ‘tummy breathe’ – so squashing them into unnatural positions, as in car seats, restricts their breathing and maybe their digestion. Restricting a baby’s breathing can lead to oxygen desaturation – i.e, when blood oxygen levels fall so low that not enough oxygen reaches the vital organs, especially the brain. Experts believe, variously, that this can affect a baby’s development; or cause bradycardia (slowing of the heart) and apnoea (temporary suspension of breathing), both linked to cot death. Newborns, low birthweight and premature babies are most at risk. So if you are driving to your holiday destination plan in a number of breaks.

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    REIT said,

    Hey, I found your blog while searching on Google your post looks very interesting for me. I will add a backlink and bookmark your site. Keep up the good work! 🙂


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