Children with certain health problems may need special car-seat adjustments. To make sure your little one is protected, check out these tips from the automotive safety program.
1low birth-weight/ premature infant:
use an infant-only, rear-facing seat that is designed for your babys weight. It should have harnesses at or below her shoulders. Place rolled blankets or towels on both sides of your baby to center her. Do not add padding under or beneath your newborn. Monitor her breathing; if she has problems, your doctor may recommend using a car bed.
if your child is in a cast that prevents him from bending at the hip, you can use either a flat infant car bed, the spelcast convertible seat for children ten to 40 pounds, or the modified e-z on vest for children 2 and older who weigh at least 20 lbs. Do not use a seat that reclines half way.
put your child in a car bed or a safety seat that reclines. Some children may continue to need a rear-facing seat after age 1. Older kids may need a special sear from a medical-supply center.
use a rear-facing seat. When she outgrows it, use a reclining forward-facing seat or a medical seat. Place blankets along her sides.