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Aug 08, 2008
carmarhal
Adoptive mommy of Micah 2/26/06, Caleb, 3/03/07 (26 wk preemie, BPD, Subglottic stenosis, GERD, dysplagia, FTT, DD, texture aversion, ST, Feeding Clinic, PT, OT, Prevacid 30 mg/day, Pediasure & ground table foods), Ethan 2/6/08 (28 wk preemie, BPD, dysplagia, GERD, Prevacid 15 mg/day, Enfacare 22 cal., ST for feeding)
Low tone and front-facing carseats?
Caleb is not quite 20 lbs yet, and I was so looking forward to him sitting facing the front in the car seat, but now I wonder if his upper body is strong enough. Does anyone have experience with this? I mean, generally the rule is over a year and 20 lbs their upper body strength is good for front-facing, but I don't really know who to ask whether he's strong enough. There's not really a "test" for that is there?
Aug 08, 2008
baby quinn's mommy
Mom to a 3 year old baby girl with severe reflux: g-tube, nissen fundoplication. dx: RAD, failure to thrive, DGE, epilepsy, sleep apnea, paraesohphogeal hernia, high lactic acid there's more "unknown disease"... Hospitalized 12 times, PT graduate! ST graduate! OT graduate! Current Meds: singulair, zopeonex, pulmicort, reglan, Keppra, Trileptal, vitamin B6, Veramyst. Current weight: 34 lb. Current height: 39". g-tube dependent, oxygen 1-2LpM all day and night PIC: Ms. Quinn
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I did it anyways. Quinn had low tone after a year, she also wasn't 20 pounds. She was in her infant seat until she was 15 months old. She was still 18 pounds and low tone, but I thought she was long and I didn't think it was safe anymore for her to be in the infant car seat anymore. I tried facing the toddler one backward, but it squished her feet so I didn't. I think it's your call when it comes to that. I was reading your siggy. I guess you are new here? Welcome because I don't think I have welcomed you yet. -Sarah
Aug 08, 2008
elysabethsmom
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
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Hi there, I don't know anything about the tone issue, but....Elyse is 14 mos (12 adjusted) and 20 lbs. The AAP just changed their recommendations to leaving the child rear facing until 30 lbs (!!!) for safety reasons. I know it is easier to have them forward facing, but for now I am leaving Elyse rear facing (though I doubt i can hold out until 30 lbs!). As for infant car seats, Elyse was too long for hers quite young (she's tall!); if you check the manual it will tell you what the maximum height is. I see moms with their kids in infant seats still with their feet sticking out the end and their head at the top of the seat (NOT safe!!). Hope you get some good advice, i would just ask the pedi to be sure.
Aug 08, 2008
ceramom
Sarah
mom to Mila 2-20-2007
and Robby 4-22-2004
Mila is on Peptamen JR 30 cal by NG tube. Open Heart Surgery 2/08/08. Captopril, Zantac, Losec, Lasix.
One year old and 20 pounds is the rule. I have a good friend who is a Car Seat Tech with the local police and HER recommendation is to keep them rear facing to the limit on your carseat. She feels they should ( at least ) be able to walk before you turn them around IF you turn them around before the limit on their carseat.
Aug 08, 2008
jenrackley
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Nutritionist
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
TWINS:
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
I would talk with your pedi. Weight is one issue, length (as in due their feet smash into the seat) as well as muscle tone and neck strength are all issues as well. Your pedi should be better able to tell you when the right time to switch is... I (personally, IMO) kept mine rear facing until they reached the limit of that car seat and their feet were touching the back seat. I know they would have preferred to face forward but one of ours was very low tone and I just didn't think her little floppy neck could take a rear/whiplash type of impact. That having been said, my twins were 2 years old before they reached 20# so they were fine in those seats weight wise anyway. LOL.
Aug 08, 2008
mollybeth
Cooper was born 12/19/07. Birth weight: 7lbs10oz. Weight as of 2/11: 8lbs9oz. 6/23: 14lbs12oz! Struggling again 12mo: 18lbs. Breast Fed exclusively, on strict elimination diet until Dec 08. MSPI as well as other food intolerances Diagnosed w/ GER at 5 days following barium swallow. Choking with apnea spells. Ftt. dx w/ Laryngomalacia following brochoscopy 1/29. Aspiration. apnea monitor until 5mo. pH probe 1/29 showed severe reflux. Sandifers Syndrome. lbrady and tackycardia. echo and EKG 2/18: Came back normal! Swallow study 2/29: some NG reflux. Unexplained seizure 4/1. Negative CF sweat test 4/4! EGD 11/19: reflux damage in esophagus. pH probe 11/19, reflux improved. Safe foods: pears, apples, peas, rice, small amounts of chicken, potatoes, and carrots.
Currently drinking Elecare vanilla 30cal/oz and breastmilk.
Meds: Nexium 10mg 2x daily. Carafate as needed, miralaxx as needed, probiotics daily
I agree w/ waiting and being on the safe side. I would see about getting a convertible carseat that goes from infant to toddler. We never had an infant carrier. I bought a really nice seat that goes from 5-55lbs and it is great. I always feel like he is very safe. Also, welcome. I think it is great tht you adopted. My dh and I are strongly considering adoption ourselves. It is a wonderful gift.
Aug 09, 2008
ceramom
Sarah
mom to Mila 2-20-2007
and Robby 4-22-2004
Mila is on Peptamen JR 30 cal by NG tube. Open Heart Surgery 2/08/08. Captopril, Zantac, Losec, Lasix.
I wanted to add that kids in the netherlands and sweden are rear facing till THREE. There has NEVER been a report that a child has EVER broken a leg, etc from being rear facing too long. A child outgrows the height on their seats when their ears are level with the top of the seat, OR the seatbelt notches are no longer even or above their shoulders.

Also, be sure to check the max on your seat... some seats are rear facing to 20 lbs, some are rear facing to 35, and seats from other countries may be rear facing to 45!!

Aug 09, 2008
mdbarbagallo
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
Oh no. Sebastian's feet have been touching the back seat for a few months now! Is that bad? And I certainly can not have him faving backward until the limit on his carseat - that's 55 pounds! He'lll be in like 5th grade on something. I also had no idea that the specs were changed to 30 pounds! Thanks for sharing all this info.
Aug 09, 2008
jenrackley
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Nutritionist
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
TWINS:
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
I agree with Sarah... check the seat and requirements. My mom had one that gave the girls more space and was rear facing. We only had the infant one but they were so little it didn't matter. Ava is three and finally 30#. LOL.
Check with your
doctor first!