Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Concerned Mom | 2010-09-01

Q.

Safety

Dear Prof.
Please can you offer me some advise on the following. My son who has just turned three and is tall for his age has had to move from his 0 to 18kg car seat to a booster car seat Even though his weight is only 13kgs, he is too tall and the straps no longer fit properly. The booster seat we have chosen has its own straps and adjustable head support. It is one of the well known brands. We also chose a seat which comes with a recline as the majority of booster seats do not have this option. However, the recline is ever so slight and offers no support if the child falls asleep in the car. My child''s head is now left bobbing around or flopped forward when he falls asleep which is often and even during short trips out. I am very worried about this and I do not know what to do. I have researched all available car seats and none offer a suitable recline which would allow a child to sleep comfortably. I really do not know what do and cannot understand why car seat manufacturers do not adopt the recline feature in their booster seats. Is what I have described, dangerous should there be any sudden braking or an accident? If you can offer any alternatives for me please assist.
Thank you in advance.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You have asked a most important and relevant question. Your son's head should be supported at all times so his booster car seat does not seem to cater for him when in recline.The only solution appears to be to use the booster without the recline function only if his head is supported, as there appear to be no other options.Perhaps one of our regular forum memebers will have some information for you.

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Posted by: Me | 2010-09-02

I have the same problem with my 2.5 year old - we adjusted the backseat of our car to be reclined slightly and then I support his head with a cushion/ blanket so it doesn''t move around while driving.

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