Waushara County Health News

Winter Car Seat Safety

It is getting to be that time of year to bundle up and keep warm, but what do we do with the children when they have to ride in their car seats? This is a tricky time for parents. How do we dress the kids to keep them warm but to allow the car seat to protect them?

As a general rule, bulky clothing, including winter coats and snow suites, should not be worn under the harnesses of car seats. When you put your child, and their warm winter coat, in the car seat and snug up the harnesses you may feel you have gotten it tight. 

When you check to see if you can pinch the straps it is tight, but in a car accident the bulky material will flatten out due to the force of the crash and your child is then at risk to slip through the straps and be thrown from the car.

Here are some tips on what to do:

• Store the infant car seat, carrier portion, in the home to keep it warm until you need to use it.

• Dress your child in thin layers, two to four layers depending on weather; this should include a thin fleece jacket as an outer layer. As a general rule, infants should wear one more added layer than adults.  

• Make sure your child has a hat, mittens, socks or booties on to keep head, hands and feet warm.

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