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    Mar 2009

    Seat for infant with severe hydrocephalus

    I am asking this for a friend who had a child in late October who was born with severe hydrocephalus. He is currently in an infant bucket but will need to switch over to a convertible within coming months.

    At 4 months old: his head is 54cm in circumference, and carries about 3 extra pounds of fluid in it currently. His total body weight is 19lbs4oz, and he is 27 inches tall. Also, I believe head slump would be an issue with him as he cannot physically lift his head up so the angle would still need to be 45 degrees.

    Obviously, due to the size of his head and delicate condition mom wants to keep him RF for as long as possible. His 2 year old sister maxed out her truefit RF by weight at about 22 months. Mom drives a 96 Acura Integra.

    I was thinking the best options may possibly be either the Radian XTSL because of the 45lb limit RF or possibly even petitioning the NHTSA to bring over a Swedish seat to RF him to 55lbs (although that option may be cost prohibitive to them as they are struggling financially)

    Will a Radian fit in a 96 Acura? Are there other options for mom to consider aside from the Radian? I know there are special needs seats she may be able to consider. She is in California, would insurance help pay for a special seat for him?

    Thanks so much guys

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