If you have not heard already, Under California law starting on January 1st, children must use car seats until they are 8 years old or 4-feet-9 inches tall, a change from the previous requirement of 6 years or 60 pounds. This means, there are many 6 year olds who have already “graduated” from booster seats who now need to get back into car seats. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child should remain in a booster seat until they are tall enough for seat belts to fit comfortably across the lap and shoulder. Parents may receive a fine of more than $475 and a point on the driving record for not complying! If you have questions or need help, call NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 or call 866-SEATCHECK (866-732-8243).
Pediatric dentists are seeing a rise in preschool cavities. But there are many things that parents can do to prevent them! First, remember to make an appointment to see the pediatric dentist (the American Academy of Dentistry recommends the first visit at 1 year of age). Second, remember to watch your child’s sugar intake as well as to minimize sugar snacks and juice. Lastly, parents should assist their children with brushing (the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends assisting them until they are 8 years old!).