It’s a nice idea to think that we do everything to ensure the safety of our children. But reality and our intentions are often distant cousins, if related at all.
For instance, plenty of parents know that crib bumpers are now considered a no-no, but still use them anyway (present company included).
And plenty of parents know the proper way to restrain their children in car seats, and ignore the rules regardless (although plenty also don’t know they’re making mistakes — like these 5 common ones). In fact, a study in the August 7 issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine looked at 22,000 children and found that just three percent of kids between the ages of 1 and 3 were properly strapped in.
Just three percent.
According to Fox News, most kids do not sit safely in cars, “either because they are not properly restrained in car seats or booster seats, or because they sit in the front seat.” The study was based on the car seat guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children over age 3, and in excess of 140,000 children are sent to the emergency room each year as a result of car accidents.
However, the study author, Dr. Michelle Macy, of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, said constantly changing car seat recommendations are partly to blame since there have been so many updates, plus the fact that state laws vary, and the AAP recommendations are stronger than state laws.
The study also found a discrepancy in that white children under the age of 3 were 10 times more likely to be properly restrained compared to black or Hispanic children.
One expert told Fox news the racial discrepancy has long been a problem, and that it’s an awareness problem, not a problem of parenting purposefully doing something to harm their kids.
Do you properly restrain your children in the car every single time?
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