Waushara County Health News

Do you know about the Health Departments car seat program?

 

Waushara County Health Department (WCHD) is here to help you with your child’s car seat. There are three certified car seat technicians on staff to help with checking the installation of your child’s car seat. They also have seats available at a reduced cost for parents in need of an infant seat or the next stages in seats. The Health Department is here to educate on proper seats and fittings. Just call WCHD, 920-787-6590, to set up an appointment.

With winter hitting us early this year, here are things to keep in mind when planning to keep your children safe while traveling.

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. You check to see if you can pinch the straps and it is tight, but in a car accident the bulky material of the coat or snowsuit 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 seat.

Here are some suggestions from healthychildren.org: 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 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.

Use a blanket to cover your child in their car seat or for infant seats you can purchase a cover for the seat with a flap to open so you can see your child. If you are looking at purchasing a cover for your infant seat please remember that no part of the cover should go underneath your child’s body or between the harness and their body, it should simply cover the seat. Also, open the flap, whenever the child is in the house or warmed car so they do not overheat.

For older children, they can wear their coats out to the car and remove them before getting buckled into their car seats. Once buckled, they can put their coats on backwards over their arms so the coat covers their bodies and the harness or they can simply cover up with a blanket you keep for them to use in the car. Thin coats can be used in seats.

Be ready for an emergency. Keep extra hats, gloves and blankets in your car in case of an emergency. Please remember there are many products on the market to keep your child safe and warm in their car seat during the winter months. Look carefully to make sure that no part of the product goes between your child and the seat and nothing goes between your child and their harness.

 

If you have any questions about keeping your child warm and safe in their car seat or any questions on putting your child’s car seat in your vehicle, please call Waushara County Health Department at 920-787-6590 and ask to speak with a certified car seat technician.