Baby car seats are one of the supplies that pretty much any new family will need as soon as the time comes to leave the hospital. From 0 months right up until 12 years, these seats come in all shapes and sizes, and are designed to keep your child as safe as possible when driving around. Your child will start off facing backwards, in a grade 0 seat, and once they are older they will end up on a booster seat allowing the seat belt to work properly and safely.
However, most of these car seats are designed for babies over 3 months, and in particular they are not suitable for the really ickle babies amongst us. If your child is just tiny, or premature, then transporting them safely in a car can be a real pain, and obviously is a worry that many many new parents have to go through. And this, let’s be honest, is the last thing you need on top of all the other stresses and new-parent-paranoia.
As such, it is a bit of a relief to finally see someone addressing the problem, with some proper research into the area. If upright seats can, as suspected, cause breathing problems to small premature babies, then the evidence can be used to design better car seats that carry less medical risk.
The evidence itself will come from Swindon’s Great Western Hospital, who are using a specially developed vibrating seat to simulate the conditions found in a car driving forwards. The equipment, developed by Southampton University, allows the doctors to keep track of the babies heart rate and blood 02 levels, thus seeing if the upright position does actually have any effect on their breathing and vitals.
Bring on the results!
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