The Importance of Safety Seats

Boy in car seatSafety seats make a difference in saving the lives of children. But if you do not have them in the right seat, or it is not installed properly, you are losing out on the benefits of this very important safety tool.

With the concerning statistic that four out of five car seats are installed improperly, it is always a good topic to revisit. And, being a pediatrician does not exempt one from belonging to this statistic.

Very, very early in parenthood (i.e. prenatally) I realized the seemingly complex world of car sear safety. Since then, I have always deferred to the experts when making sure my kids are in the absolute safest and appropriately installed seats for them. If you also consider that motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for children in the US and in Wisconsin, it is even more important to have your child’s car seat fit properly.

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Winter Safety Reminder

Winter Mom with KidsFor a pediatrician from California, the 40 degree January weather was almost like being home again. But the cold Wisconsin winter weather we know so well has finally arrived and there are a few important things to keep in mind when enjoying the best of the season.

Winter Warmth

Keep your infants and children warm by dressing them in layers. How do you know if your baby is warm enough? Generally, a good rule of thumb for older babies and children is to dress in one more layer than what an adult would need for adequate warmth.

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