Whenever new mom Diana Hurtado drives with her daughter, she first buckles her baby into a car seat. But now Canadian researchers say a small number of babies have died from the sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS while sitting in the car. Of the 508 SIDS cases studied, 17 of them occurred in a sitting device and infants less than one-month-old were most at risk.
But Doctor Steven Stylianos at Miami Children's Hospital says the car seats are still the safest way for babies to travel. "Car seats undeniably have saved thousands and thousands of lives," he explained.
The problem is sitting. In some young babies, breathing is impaired in the sitting position especially during sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that all babies be observed in a car seat for fit and for breathing stability before they are discharge from the hospital.
The study also recommends that car travel be minimized for all babies until they are a few months old. And use a mirror inside the car to check on the baby regularly while driving.
Reported by: Melanie A. Ruberti, firstname.lastname@example.org