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Infant Car Seat

Aka: Infant Car Seat, Car seat for infants
  1. Indications
    1. Newborns
    2. Infants under 20 to 22 pounds (under age 1 year)
    3. Infants head must be >1 inch below top of seat
  2. Positioning
    1. Seat always faces rear
    2. Semi-reclined position (45 degrees) maintains airway
    3. Rear-facing position supports head and neck
      1. Front-facing does not offer head and neck support
    4. Rear-facing position continued until:
      1. Child over age 1 year and
      2. Child weight over 20 pounds
    5. Harness straps should be at or below Shoulder level
    6. Carrier handle, sun shield should be in down position
  3. Benefits
    1. Doubles as a baby carrier
    2. Lightweight
  4. Drawbacks
    1. Only used for first year of life
  5. Recommended Infant Seat (Consumer Reports)
    1. Century 565 ($35)
  6. References
    1. (Sept, 1995) Consumer Reports [PubMed]

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