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Child Safety: Convertible Seats, Booster Seats & Transitioning to Seat Belts

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: At what age does your child no longer need a car seat?
Air Date: 9/16/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Benjamin Hoffman, MD, FAAP
Ben HoffmanDr. Ben Hoffman is a general pediatrician and nationally certified child passenger safety technician instructor. He in nationally recognized as an expert in use of car safety seats, and has worked with over 8000 families helping them ensure their kids ride as safely as possible.

He is a professor of pediatrics at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland Oregon, and is the medical director of the Tom Sargent Safety Center there.
Child Safety: Convertible Seats, Booster Seats & Transitioning to Seat Belts
Even though your baby is growing, it doesn't mean you need to get rid of your car seat. Some parents may think that infants are the only ones who need protection with a car seat.

However, back in 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics revised child passenger safety recommendations. One of the revisions increased the minimum age that children should ride rear-facing in infant and convertible seats, from one to two years old. It also revised the age children should remain in the rear seat from 12 to 13 years.

What do you need to know in order to transition your children from car seats to seatbelts safely?

Benjamin Hoffman, MD, FAAP, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share how you can safely transition your children from car seats to seatbelts.
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