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Health Tip: Keeping a Preemie Safe in a Car Seat

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(HealthDay News) -- A premature baby may need extra care to make sure he or she fits properly in a car seat.

The Cleveland Clinic says:

  • Preemies are safest in an infant carrier. Make sure the carrier's distance from the crotch to seat back is less than 5 1/2 inches. Roll up a small blanket or diaper and place it in the area between the crotch strap and baby to minimize slouching.
  • There should be less than 10 inches between the seat bottom and lower harness straps to prevent straps from going across baby's ears.
  • Buckle baby in before putting a blanket over him or her.
  • Avoid a car seat with a shield, arm rest or abdominal pad.
  • Keep baby in the back seat.
  • If baby uses breathing equipment, place it on the floor of the car, not on the seat next to baby.


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