The only acceptable punishment for our children is time-out. No spanking, no shouting and no threatening ||If every feeding is painful or your baby isn't gaining weight, ask a lactation consultant or your baby's doctor for help ||Stop the continuous criticism to your teens. Highlight their qualities instead. ||There are some games, that you can play with your child to increase his ability to concentrate. Check them out in our articles section. ||You'll develop a unique parenting style that is right for your family and may be quite different from your neighbors and friends. ||The AAP recommends sponge baths until the umbilical cord stump falls off — which might take up to three weeks ||Set aside time to spend with each child individually, so they don't feel like they're competing for your attention ||There are parenting mistakes that are harmless. When in doubt, ask your pediatrician ||Children who gain weight quickly during their first six months are more likely to be obese or at risk of obesity by age 3 ||Excessive warmth and overdressing are as harmful as cold weather. Temperature inside your home should not exceed 23 degrees ||
Kids to Stay in Rear-Facing Seat Until Age 2

 

March 21, 2011 -- In a new policy statement published in the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics now advises parents to keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2, or until they exceed the height or weight limit for the car seat, which can be found on the back of the seat.

In addition, they recommend that when children 2 or older reach the maximum weight or height for a forward-facing seat with a harness they transition to sitting in belt-positioning booster seats until they have reached 144 cm tall and are between 8 and 12 years old.

Once they've outgrown the booster seat, the guidelines say all children under 13 should still ride in the back seats of the car.

Rear-Facing Seats Are Safer

The previous AAP policy, issued in 2002, advised that infants and toddlers remain in rear-facing safety seats until they reached the limits of the car seat, but cited 12 months and 20 pounds as a minimum. As a result, many parents turned the car seat around on the child's first birthday.

But new research has shown that children under age 2 are safer in rear-facing car seats. A 2007 study in the journal Injury Prevention found that children under age 2 are 75 percent less likely to die or to be severely injured in a crash if they are rear-facing. Another study found riding rear-facing to be five times safer than forward-facing.

A rear-facing child safety seat does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash, because it distributes the force of the collision over the entire body.

The ‘age 2’ recommendation is not a deadline, but rather a guideline to help parents decide when to make the transition. Smaller children can remain rear-facing longer.

Types of Car Safety Seats at a Glance

 

Source

American Academy of Pediatrics

 

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