Car Seat Safety at the NICU
Southern Regional Helps You Keep Your Baby Safe
Car seat safety is essential for all babies, and especially for preemies.
Babies born at less than 37 weeks and babies with other medical conditions
that put them at high risk for apnea or oxygen desaturation will receive
a car seat test prior to discharge, as recommended by the American Academy
Car seat testing helps ensure that high-risk infants get home safely. Our
expert passenger safety technicians will discuss child safety seat choices
with you and provide you with recommended guidelines. A car seat safety
packet will be provided to you during your baby's hospitalization.
Getting Ready to Go Home
Approximately two weeks prior to your baby's discharge, we will require
you to bring in the baby's personal child safety seat. This will allow
us to monitor your baby in the safety seat for possible apneas, bradycardias
or oxygen desaturation.
Upon discharge, parents need to be familiar with correctly placing their
baby in the car safety seat and assuring proper placement of the seat
in the vehicle.
For further information regarding car seats, please visit read
Car Safety Seats: A Guide for Families.