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Car Seats: How to Keep Your Child Safe

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Motor vehicle accidents are the #1 killer of children in the United States.
Air Date: 6/25/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Marilyn J. Bull, MD, FAAP
Bull 2008 mbull v1redoDr. Marilyn Bull is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and continued her education with a pediatric residency at Children's Memorial Hospital of Chicago and a clinical fellowship in Birth Defects and Genetic Counseling at Boston Floating Hospital. She has served on the faculty at the Indiana University Medical Center since 1976 where she currently is the Morris Green Professor of Pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Dr. Bull served as the director of the section of Developmental Pediatrics at Riley Hospital from 1982 until 2006. Her continuing administrative appointments include director of the Down Syndrome Program and the Feeding Team as well as co-medical director of the Automotive Safety Program. She has Board Certification in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics and Neuro-developmental Disabilities. She is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics and currently serves on their Board of Directors. She was the lead author of the AAP Report: Health Supervision for Children with Down Syndrome.
Car Seats: How to Keep Your Child Safe
Motor vehicle accidents are the #1 killer of children in the United States.

You can reduce that risk by 70 percent simply by properly installing a child's safety seat and using it every time your child rides in a car.

Today, car seat use is mandatory in every state, including that first ride home from the hospital.

When purchasing a car seat for your child, a new car seat is best. If you buy a seat that is used, it can be difficult to tell if the seat has been recalled or has been damaged in a crash.

New advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will change the way many parents buckle up their children for a drive.

Using a car seat correctly makes a big difference. Even the right seat for your child's size may not properly protect your child in a crash unless it is used correctly. So take a minute to check to be sure.

One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Special guest, Dr. Marilyn J. Bull, offers guidance on choosing the most appropriate car seat for your child.
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