Determining the proportion of children too heavy for age-appropriate car seats in a practice-based research network

Journal Name: 
Clin Pediatr (Phila)
Authors: 
Basco,W.T.,Jr.
Hletko,P.J.
West,L.
Darden,P.M.
Abstract: 
INTRODUCTION: more information is needed on how trends in childhood weight might influence legally compliant child safety seat (CSS) use. OBJECTIVE: to determine the proportion of child passengers who cannot comply with one state's CSS law because of weight. METHOD: 6 practices in a practice-based research network provided data on patient demographics, heights, and weights. The authors calculated percentages of children above age-appropriate CSS weight cutoffs (20, 40, and 80 pounds, respectively) for the cohort below 6 years. RESULTS: there were 717 participants below 6 years of age. Among all infants (20 pounds. Among children 12 months to 40 pounds. One weighed >80 pounds. There were no significant differences among racial groups. There was wide variation among practices, but differences did not achieve statistical significance. CONCLUSION: many children in this diverse cohort were too heavy to be compliant with the state CSS law
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2009
Volume: 
48
Pages: 
37-43
Keywords: 
20, 40, 80, Adolescent, Body Weight, Child, Child,Preschool, differences, Female, Humans, Infant, Infant Equipment, Infant,Newborn, information, Male, medical, patient, Pediatrics, Research, Research Support, Safety, South Carolina, Standards, support, trends, Universities