GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Car seats can reduce 90 percent of car crash related injuries, but they can also be a threat to the lives of infants and babies if they are left sleeping unattended in them.
Experts say the number one thing killing infants and children is an unintentional injury. Babies should never sleep in things like car seats, swings, and bouncy seats.
One of the risks of a baby falling asleep in a car seat can lead to positional asphyxia. This occurs when the baby is in any type of position that impedes the baby’s airway or airflow.
In the instance where the baby is in a car seat or swing, their heads are big and heavy and the baby may not be in a position where they can keep their airway open. The best way to prevent this is to keep an eye on the baby the whole time especially during long car rides.
Infant car seats should not be used as a replacement for cribs. It is also best to not cover the car seat with a blanket so that the baby will be visible to the parent and the parent can monitor the baby. All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat until they are two years old or reach the required weight and or height of their car safety seat.
Expired car seat puts babies and in danger too. Every car seat has an expiration date and if it has extended that expiration date, it’s time to get a new seat.
Another thing to look out for is to make sure that the baby seat is installed correctly.