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Keeping Baby Safe and Snug

Help protect your precious cargo from the dangerous impact of a car accident with a car seat safety check at a Texas Health hospital near you.

A new Texas law requires all children younger than 8 years old — unless taller than 4 foot 9 inches — to be in child passenger safety seat systems, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Child passenger safety seat systems include traditional car seats with harnesses as well as booster seats — both high-back and backless versions.

Choosing a car seat can be a difficult decision for parents, but it doesn’t have to be — Texas Health hospitals are here to help. Look for a five-point harness and straps that can be adjusted each time to ensure a snug fit.

“New parents should have their infant car seat checked before the baby is born, so they can take their newborn home in confidence,” says Julie A. Smith, R.N., M.S., child passenger safety technician at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. “Every time parents and other caregivers purchase a new seat, they should come back to us for a car seat check to ensure it is installed properly.”

To schedule an appointment for a car seat safety check at a Texas Health hospital, please visit TexasHealth.org/classes or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

(Fall/Winter 2009)

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