A toddler's parents ask the nurse how long the child is required to use a front facing car seat. How should the nurse respond?

"Your child should use a car seat with a harness as long as possible until he outgrows the car seat."


• As of 2015, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following:

• Children should be rear-facing until 2 years old or until he or she has outgrown the maximum height and weight allowed by the manufacturer of their rear-facing care seat.

• Forward-facing car seats with a harness should be used for the maximum time possible until the child outgrows the height and weight allowed by the manufacturer.

• A Belt-Positioning-Booster seat should be used for children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8-and-12 years of age.

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