UPDATES:BELTED TOO TIGHTLY

Large numbers of children have been admitted to the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC for a complex of injuries caused by lap styled safety belts.


The Departments of Pediatrics and Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology reported that 61 children who had been restrained passengers in car crashes had linear ecchymosis (doctorese for “heavy bruising”) across the abdomen and abdominal trauma.


Thirteen children (21 per cent) had a lumbar spine injury, 14 (23 per cent) had injured the bowel or bladder and five children (8 per cent ) had both spine and bowel or bladder injuries.


X-rays showed lumbar spinal injury in all cases.


It may well be that shoulder harnesses alone are safer designs for children. If in doubt about your particular brand of child car seat, phone the Consumer’s Association for the result of any safety tests.

What Doctors Don't Tell You Written by What Doctors Don't Tell You

We Humbly Recommend

Get the Healthiest Newsletter!

Get a dose of Healthy delivered straight to your inbox. Each FREE issue features amazing content that will elevate your Body, Mind, and Spirit.

Your data is never shared with 3rd parties

Introducing

Healthy Shopping

Health and Wellbeing products lovingly curated for you.