Heads-up, Parents: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its guidelines for child lengthening in rear-facing car seats.
Previously, it was said in the AAP, children should be transported backwards car seat until at least 2 years old. But on Thursday, the AAP announced that children should stay in rear-facing car seats as long as possible and add that "new recommendation removes the milestone of specific age."
The change comes after a study citing data "backed up by biometric research, crash simulation data and experiences in Europe where children go back longer," came last year.
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"A re-analysis of the data showed that the supine position was still safer for children under 2 years than the forward, but the injury figures were too The AAP decided to update its recommendations to reflect how science has evolved, "the organization said.
"We just do not have enough data to know for sure at what age it is safest to attract children." Benjamin Hoffman, chairman of the board of the American Academy of Pediatrics for Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention, added in a statement.
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Now, according to AAP, most of the children are supposed to stay in a rear-facing car seat – including the head, the spine and better protect the neck of a child – beyond their second birthday.
In light Of the news, the AAP also gave some tips to help parents better determine when their child should go to a forward facing car seat, to a child seat and beyond.
Infants and toddlers should remain rear facing until they "reach the maximum weight or height" allowed by their seat
Children in forward facing seats should stay in a "forward facing car safety seat with a harness as long as possible "The AAP said, noting that many car seats may" accommodate children weighing 65 pounds or more "
Children between the ages of eight and twelve should use a" child seat with seat belt positioning "
. Beyond these ages, the AAP states that children should always use lap and shoulder straps are better protected in the back seat than in front