A paediatrician at Bristol University,Dr Peter Fleming, carried out research and find out newborn babies may be at risk in car seats.
‘If you can avoid a journey, it’s probably better to do so, restricted to no more than half an hour or so. ‘But try to avoid unnecessary car journeys with young babies.’
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Doctors warn that very young babies whose neck muscles are not strong enough to stop their heads flopping forward could stop breathing.Scientists have advised that parents should not put their babies in car seats for more than 30mins to avoid the risk of suffocation.
Manufactures say babies should not be left in the seats for more than two hours.
The research authors warn:
‘There have been reports of deaths of infants who have been left in a sitting position, including in car seats – both on journeys, and when parents have used it as an alternative to a pushchair or cot for the infant to sleep in.’