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Question of the Month – May 2024

You are talking with a family of a 30-month-old during a well child checkup. You have assessed the child’s growth and development and are discussing important anticipatory guidance with the family before completing the visit. They have a question about when they should transition their child from a rear facing to a forward-facing car seat. Some of their friends and family members have already transitioned their children and are unsure if they should also. Your best recommendation is to tell them:
A. They could have transitioned the child from rear to forward facing in the backseat of the car once the child turned 1 year and 20 lbs.
B. They should wait until the child has outgrown the highest weight or height limit for the seat to be used rear facing as allowed by the car seat manufacturer before transitioning to either a convertible car seat or forward-facing car seat.
C. They could have transitioned their child to forward facing in the backseat of the car once the child turned 2 years of age.
D. They should wait until the child is 4 years of age before transitioning from rear to forward facing in the backseat of the car.

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