The Well-Restrained Child

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Kids should have fun – but in vehicles, they should be properly restrained. This doesn’t mean the same as being good – although being good is also… well… good. Properly restrained is more like being buckled up the right way for the child’s age, height and weight.

At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researcher Bethany West:

“Car seats, booster seats and seats belts save lives and prevent injuries. Since 1975, child restraints have saved more than 10,000 kids age 4 and under.”

The type of restraint used varies for each child, but all kids under 13 should be in the back seat. Older kids are ready for just a seat belt when the lap portion lays across the upper thighs, not the stomach, and the top portion lays across the chest and shoulder, not the neck.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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