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PRACTICAL PEDIATRICS

811 Ira E. Woods

Grapevine, Texas 76051

817-481-3585





AIR BAG SAFETY

An air bag can save your life. However, air bags and young children do not mix. The following information will help keep you and your children safe.



  • The safest place for all infants and children under 12 years of age to ride is in the back seat.

  • *Never put an infant under 1 year of age in the front seat of a car with an air bag.

  • Infants must always ride in rear facing car seats in the back seat until they are at least 20 pounds and 2 year of age.

  • All children should be properly secured in a car safety seats, booster seats, or shoulder/lap belts correct for their size.

  • Seat belts must be worn correctly at all times by all passengers to provide the best protection.

What Parents Can Do

  • Eliminate potential risks of air bags to children by buckling them n the back seat for every ride.

  • Plan ahead so that you do not have to drive with more children than can be safely restrained in the backseat.

  • For most families, installation of air bag on/off switches is not necessary. Air bags that are turned off provide no protection to older children, teens, parents, or other adults riding in the front seat.

  • Air bag on/off switches should only be used if your child has special care needs, your pediatrician recommends constant observation during travel, and no other adult is available to ride in the back seat with your child.

  • If no other arrangement is possible and an older child must ride in the front seat, move the vehicle seat back as far as it can go, away from the air bag. Be sure the child is properly buckled. Keep in mind that your child may still be at risk for injuries from the air bag. The back seat is the safest place for children to ride.

The information contained in this publication should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.

CALCIUM


An important part of your child’s diet at every age

Infancy to 1 year of age:

Calcium is vital during the first years of life for good nutrition and is especially important for proper development of teeth and bones. During the first months of life, your baby’s need for calcium is best met through breast milk or formula. When you’re health care provider recommends adding dairy food in your baby’s diet (usually at 6 months to a year), they can serve as an excellent source of calcium.



Children under 2 years of age should get whole milk and whole milk products, rather than low-fat or skim milk products. During this period, your baby needs the fat and calories of whole milk to satisfy the special nutritional and energy needs of this very important time.

Childhood, 1 – 10 years:

By teaching your children good eating habits now, you can help them enjoy a lifetime of better health. This is especially true when it comes to getting enough calcium. Not only is calcium needed today for growing bones and teeth, but getting enough calcium now and during adolescence may contribute to better health in adulthood. Luckily, making sure children get the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of calcium is easy. Just 3 servings of dairy foods a day satisfy the calcium needs of children 1 to 10 years of age.



Adolescence, 11 – 18 years:

Your children are growing fast and so is their need for calcium. During this period of rapid growth, children need more calcium than during anytime in their lives; 50% more than 1 – 10 years of age. Why this dramatic increase? During adolescence, 20% of their adult height is achieved with a good proportion added during an 18 – 24 month “growth spurt”. Boys generally start their growth spurt around 12, with peak growth at around 12 years of age. Some children who do not get enough calcium during this period of rapid bone growth may not grow to their expected adult height.

Getting enough calcium during adolescence is also important because this is when almost half of adult bone mass (density) is formed. During this period, calcium is “stored” in the bones. This “bone bank” of stored calcium may help prevent osteoporosis, a crippling disease of later life. So, make sure your children get enough calcium while they are in this building period. Adolescents can get the recommended amount of calcium for their age from 4 servings of dairy foods a day.

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