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I know plenty of babies with reflux who play, digest and sleep in their car seat at home. My reflux baby was fairly content if I held her 24/7. There were times when I did put her down in the car seat because I just had to have my hands free. For example, I did need my hands free for my daily two minute shower. Most of the time, she was in my arms or in a sling/carrier or backpack. My arm muscles became hard as rock and my back ached from the constant bending and lifting. It sure was hard work holding her and I longed to put her down.
An article in the August issue of Pediatrics caught my attention. The article reported on car seat injuries that occurred outside of the car . It is estimated that approximately 43,000 infants were treated in the emergency department for a non transportation related car seat injury between 2003-2007. Approximately half of the injuries occurred at home and infants younger than four months of age were most likely to be injured.
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Committee on Injury and Poison Prevention; American Academy of Pediatrics. Selecting and using the most appropriate car safety seats for growing children: guidelines for counseling parents. Pediatrics . 2002;109:550-3.
Biagioli F. Proper use of child safety seats. Am Fam Physician . 2002;65:2085-90.
US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Misuse of child restraints . Washington, DC. US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; 2004. DOT HS 809 671.
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