I thought this entry was not necessary, but after seeing the comments in the wake of Sunday accident in Zaragoza in which a 32-year-old woman and her 4-month-old son died, I think we should talk about it.
As you know, those who normally read us, the safety children in the car It is one of the issues that concern us most in this space. We have the work of a Pediatric physiotherapist and an engineer of the SRI sector to guide us in our investigations and analysis (As was the case with the scandal of the front shield chairs). Today we want to emphasize some points that help to understand why it is not safe to travel in a carrycot approved
Differences between carrycot and group 0/0 +
In case there is still any doubt here you have the differences between carrycot and group 0/0 +
- APPROVED COAT:
Device shaped like a 'mini-cradle' that serves both for walking and for traveling in the car. They have the rigid walls and some parts in the part of the head and feet to install them with the belt. The child is fastened with an abdominal belt, three or five point harness. They have no head guard, at most a padded band that is usually more as a positioner than as protection.
- GROUP 0/0 +:
Child restraint system in the form of a chair that is usually called 'maxicosi or huevito'. May wear three or five point harness. It can also be used for walking, although I recommend you read this article before doing so. It can be installed in the car with a belt or with isofix.
The approved carrycot is not safe
On many occasions, parents worry about how they will leave the hospital in case they have to travel by car. One of the things that most concern is the comfort of the child and therefore choose the carrycot thinking that he can travel as if he were in his crib. But they are unaware of the risk that this may cause, in most cases due to the misinformation of non-specialized security outlets.
- How does a carrycot react in case of an accident?:
It is indifferent if the impact is frontal, lateral or rear. In any of these cases the baby can suffer serious damage that can be fatal. I leave you a video so you can see how a carrycot reacts in case of frontal impact:
Do you still find it safe?
- Types of support:
The carrycot has several types of support: abdominal belt or three-point or five-point harness. In the case of the five-point harness, the risk lies in the most vulnerable baby (head and neck) are totally unprotected. In case of impact your head is shot by hitting any of the rigid sides of the carrycot. Given that the head of a newborn supposes 20% (approximately) of the total weight of your body Y that the muscles of your neck are not developedNot only can you suffer cranial impact injuries but you may also suffer a severe whiplash that can cause irreversible injuries.
In the case of the abdominal belt and the three-point harness, there is not only the same possibility but also the pressure they cause on the internal organs is added.
As it is also a system that is put on and removed to continue walking with the baby, many mistakes are often made when installing it. The rush, lack of experience in the facilities, etc. It means that most of these devices are not well fixed and in case of impact they can get fired. Similar is with the 0/0 + group retention systems. We always recommend that you avoid inserting and removing the device installed with belts to avoid errors.
Why is it approved if it is not safe?
In the same way that open helmets (or, vulgarly known as urinals) are homologated and in case of fall with the motorcycle they can be fatal.
The homologation laws in our country are very lax. In order to approve a retention system in Spain, the only requirement is that the child is fully retained in the device, that is, that he is not dismissed. Therefore we are not talking about security measures.
Better to travel in a 0/0 + group oriented to the reverse
Our recommendation is that babies, from birth, travel in a 0/0 + group retention system. These systems are provided with shock absorption materials, reducers and side head protectors. In addition its position oriented in the opposite direction to the march makes in case of frontal impact (the most usual) your entire body is protected.
The only babies who can travel in an approved carrycot are premature babies or those with respiratory problems, since they cannot travel incorporated. But as long as there is a medical prescription. Obviously, in these cases it is also important to avoid unnecessary displacement.
The most important thing is that when looking for a retention system for your children you visit a store specialized in the subject. You will avoid many future problems.