FB status of an acquaintance: turning her 9 mo old FF!!!!

Jabbersmom

CPS Technician
I just saw a FB status of an acquaintance and the doc told her that she can turn her NINE MONTH old daughter around to forward facing!!!!!! :eek::eek::eek::eek:

Can someone give me a couple quick, concise, informative links, etc. to send her? fyi: we're in Alabama.
 
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Northriver

New member
I don't have links handy but whatever you come up with, put them in the comment area right under her status, you'll be educating more than just her. :)
 

wendytthomas

Admin - CPST Instructor
Staff member
Here is the statement straight from the mouth of the AAP. Tell her to inform her pediatrician. http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;109/3/550

Bullet number one under recommendations.

Children should face the rear of the vehicle until they are at least 1 year of age and weigh at least 20 lb to decrease the risk of cervical spine injury in the event of a crash. Infants who weigh 20 lb before 1 year of age should ride rear facing in a convertible seat or infant seat approved for higher weights until at least 1 year of age.3,4 If a car safety seat accommodates children rear facing to higher weights, for optimal protection, the child should remain rear facing until reaching the maximum weight for the car safety seat, as long as the top of the head is below the top of the seat back.3

Wendy
 

miraclebabies

New member
Thats so sad..... but exavtly what my cousin did with her baby. She was about 25# and her Dr said it was fine. I told her the benifits of RF and she decided not to listen, I felt so bad for the baby.
 

Mommy0608

New member
Wow! Sad. :( Tyler is 9 months old today and 23lbs, I could NOT IMAGINE him sitting FF! I can't even imagine Jessica FF. :rolleyes:

You've gotten some good info already. Definitely post it as a comment under her status so that everyone sees it! Maybe it will prompt others to second your info... perhaps other friends are hesitant to reply, but if you start it, maybe others will join in too.
 

Jabbersmom

CPS Technician
Here's what I posted as a comment to her status (so everyone else could see it):
So glad that [baby's name] is doing so well!
On turning the car seat around to foward facing, here's AAP policy: http://aappolicy.aappublications.org...rics;109/3/550

"Children should face the rear of the vehicle until they are *at least 1 year of age* and weigh at least 20 lb to decrease the risk of cervical spine injury in the event of a crash. *Infants who weigh 20 lb before 1 year of age should ride rear facing in a convertible seat or infant seat approved for higher weights until at least 1 year of age.* If a car safety seat accommodates children rear facing to higher weights, for optimal protection, *the child should remain rear facing until reaching the maximum weight for the car safety seat*, as long as the top of the head is below the top of the seat back."
2 more good links for information: http://www.joelsjourney.org
and http://www.car-safety.org/rearface.html
I hope that she doesn't take offense to it!
 

wendytthomas

Admin - CPST Instructor
Staff member
Honestly, she's risking her baby's life and it's borderline child endangerment. Offense would be the last thing I would worry about.

You did the right thing.

Wendy
 

mommy-medic

New member
This makes me so mad. I am arranging an educational luncheon with my own group of pediatricians to inform them of current best practices (through the FD).

So many times parents listen to their pediatrician for everything! Don't get me wrong, if the kid has an earache or sore throat or fever, by all means listen to the doc, BUT the doc is NOT going to be responding to the scene of a crash. They don't see the immediate (and sometimes don't see the long term) effects of giving out bad advice!. Is there any way you can find out the name of her doc and maybe fax some info anonymously to them so they get on the boat?
 

bree

Car-Seat.Org Ambassador
Way to go, Jabbersmom! It's so frustrating that so many pediatricians can't be bothered to keep up with the (many years-old) recommendation of their own academy!
 
I did the same thing(not on my face book, lol) when Michael was 8 months old. My ped said I could forward face him because he was 20 pounds and already walking :rolleyes:-wish I would of done some research. At a carseat check when he was 10 months I turned him back RF, but then was told to turn him back FF on his 1st birthday.

Right now I am so nervous my daycare parent brought her 13 month old for her 1 year visit today and she was going to talk to the doctor about RF(to see if I was right-WTF). UGHHH!!!
 

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