Parents wrestle with rear-facing car seat advice

Source: Katherine Shaver, The Washington Post

When the American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended that children ride in rear-facing car seats until at least age 2 — up from the previous minimum age of 1 — Internet news sites lit up with outrage. Many parents were hardly eager to embrace the latest medical advice about how to best protect toddlers from serious head, neck and spinal injuries. “Do any of the folks who studied this have small children?” one wrote. “Have they tried to keep a squirrelly, anxious and frustrated 18-month-old rear-facing?” “This is silly,” another wrote. “It would also increase safety to wrap kids in bubble wrap.”

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