UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest, April 6, 2011
“All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Safety Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer” – American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), published in Pediatrics, April 2011
Speaking at a media advisory held by UC San Diego Medical Center following this new AAP policy update, Alison Wolf, UC San Diego Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and certified Child Passenger Safety Technician demonstrated the correct back seat, rear-facing position for newborns and toddlers, and how to properly position a toddler who has outgrown his seat, or a child under 4 ft. 9 inches, and between 8 and 12 years of age, in the back seat in a forward-facing Belt-Positioning Booster Seat.
Dr. Jeanne Lee, UC San Diego Trauma Surgeon and Assistant Clinical Professor, also demonstrated the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology seat belt recommendations for pregnant women including how to buckle the lap belt low on the hip bones, below the belly with the shoulder belt off to the side of the belly and across the center of the chest.
Dr. Lee and Alison reminded all drivers and passengers that lap and shoulder belts save lives, should be worn at all times when driving or riding in a vehicle, and adjusted so that the shoulder belt is across the middle of the chest and away from the neck, with the lap belt across the hips and below the stomach.