Parents come armed with the instinct to keep their little one safe at all costs. It is this instinct which leads many new parents to make sure they’re as up-to-date as possible on matters of infant safety.
Infants who stay in car seats for long periods of time could be at an increased risk of suffocating, BBC News reports. The recent study, which used a simulator to mimic infants in a rear-facing car seat, found that an hour in the car seat caused signs of distress in newborns.
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The researchers found that when infants stayed in the car seat for an hour, they exhibited signs of distress including increased heart rate and a decrease in the amount of oxygen in their blood.
To help ensure the safety of infants when traveling by car, the researchers recommend having an adult to sit next to the baby to monitor their breathing. Avoiding long car trips altogether is also recommended.
To expand upon this study's findings, Fleming has called for a larger study to be carried out.