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Car Safety

How did you keep your toddlers safe in the car?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I believe it’s critical to keep kids rear-facing in the car as long as possible. It’s much safer for a child’s head and neck to ride rear-facing. In some countries, kids ride rear-facing until they’re five or six years old.

I carefully researched which car seats can remain rear-facing longer. This was an important factor for me when I purchased my daughters’ car seats.

It’s important to check the car seat to see how long the child can ride rear-facing. My older daughter reached the upper limit for rear-facing in her car seat before she turned three years old, and I was very disappointed to have to turn her seat around.

Cheri Wiggins, MD, a mom of six- and three-year-old daughters, a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at St. Luke’s Magic Valley, and the cofounder of the Mommy Doctors Baker (makers of Milkin’ Cookies), in Twin falls, ID

The information on MommyMDGuides.com is not intended to replace the diagnosis, treatment, and services of a physician. Always consult your physician or child care expert if you have any questions concerning your family's health. For severe or life-threatening conditions, seek immediate medical attention.