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Pediatrician Dr. Christina Mezzone shares some tips on keeping children safe in the car this winter season.

Pediatrician Dr. Christina Mezzone shares some tips on keeping children safe in the car this winter season.  

It's that time of year when tots look so adorable bundled up in thick, puffy coats and snowsuits. What may not be common knowledge is that the warm winter gear can be a hazard in the car.

Bulky apparel should not be worn in car seats. The reason being is that the padding leaves extra space between the child and the harness. This padding may flatten under force potentially allowing the child to slip out of the car seat. As a basic rule, if you can pinch the harness straps with your thumb and forefinger, then it needs to be tightened to fit snugly against the child's chest. 

Consider these tips for keeping your child warm in the car:

  • Dress your child in thin layers. Infants should wear one more layer than adults 
  • Wear gloves, mittens, socks or booties
  • Place a coat or blanket over the straps
  • Keep the carrier portion of the car seat indoors when not in use 

Dr. Mezzone joined Health Quest Medical Practice last year and sees patients in Fishkill and Carmel. Learn more about Dr. Mezzone.