Written by Dr. Chetan Ginigeri
Children are precious and their safety is a top priority for parents. When traveling with your child by car, there are many risk factors such as accidents or the child getting hurt. Children cannot be treated the same way as grown adults when traveling in a car. They need special seating arrangements and safety precautions. All these arrangements should ensure the child’s safety in the car.
Many parents may not be aware of these special precautions that must be taken. Through this article, we attempt to highlight a few vital aspects of making your car childproof. Different age groups also will have different needs and requirements. Read ahead to equip yourself and understand how best you can ensure the safety of your little one on your next drive.
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This is the first and fundamental safety measure that you have to ensure and that is you just cannot afford to let your child be alone inside the car. Especially if it is a hot day, then you should not leave your child alone.
The temperature inside the car could rise rapidly on a hot day and because of that your child could be in danger. Many parents have ignored this and have suffered as well. Therefore, keep this thing in mind.
Using child restraints is a very good option. However, you need to keep in mind certain things before using the child restraints on your kid.
Many parents also use booster seats, which is also a good way of securing your child. When using booster seats, keep the following things in mind.
Typically, you can switch your child from the booster seat to seat belt between 8-10 years old, that is, when they grow at least 145 cm tall. However, he or she has to pass a test. For this, make your child sit in the back seat and fasten a seat belt. Now find out
If yes is the answer to all of the questions mentioned above, then you can switch your child from the booster seat to the seat belt.
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There are some common laws for using child restraints that are mandatory to follow in most countries. So, let’s have a look at some of those laws which you should know before using child restraints.
If your baby’s age is less than 6 months, then you have to keep in mind the following safety tips.
Here are some of the tips for keeping toddlers of the age of 6 months to 4 years safe in the car.
Here are some of the tips for keeping children of around 4 to 7 years safe in the car.
Children with additional requirements will have certain challenges while traveling via a car. However, health experts can help them to ensure that they travel safely. Here are certain safety tips for those children while traveling in a car.
There is no doubt that it is a challenging task to travel with children. However, if you follow the below-mentioned tips then the trip can be as exciting as ever:
No one can be certain about what happens on the road. Therefore, you should always keep the number of ambulance service providers and hospitals on your phone in case there is an emergency. This will also ensure the safety of your kid.
Child safety in the car is not something to be ignored. In case something untoward happens, your child’s safety arrangements will help minimize the impact and injuries. It is always better to be safe than sorry, especially when you are traveling long distances with your family by car.
Dr Chetan Ginigeri is an experienced Pediatric Intensivist with national and international training. With 15 years of experience, he is one among very few Intensivists in India trained to take care of children who need/had organ transplants. He has been responsible for coordinating the Pediatric Organ Transplant program.Read more.