When choosing a car seat for your child, you pay attention to e.g. the results of safety tests, the way the seat is fitted or the way it adjusts to the particular height and weight of your child. However, most parents overlook one critical issue – the specific position in which the child sits during the trip and its effect on the child’s spine. What should be kept in mind in this case? Is it good for the child to ride for many hours in the car seat, or on the contrary? What are the recommendations of physiotherapists and paediatricians? The answers to these questions are included in the following entry.
Before we move on to the impact of car seats on children’s spines, it is worth focusing on their optimal development. This is not common knowledge, but it is undoubtedly useful as it allows us to look at the whole issue from broader perspective.
The child’s spine develops gradually according to the stages during which the child strengthens its muscles, increases the mobility of its joints, learns completely new movements and assumes new positions. Three terms are key here: cervical lordosis, thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis.
Nowadays, nobody doubts the necessity of using car seats. They are the ones that make it possible to comfortably transport the little ones in the car and guarantee them maximum safety during unexpected road accidents. However, the word “car” does not appear in the name of car seats for a reason.
This means that they should be used sparingly and only when absolutely necessary, i.e. when you are travelling by car. Unfortunately, some parents seem to forget about this and treat the car seat as a universal accessory, i.e. a carrycot and a cradle in one. This, in turn, can hurt the development of the child’s spine and optimal posture.
In addition, toddlers who are too often carried in car seats are able to see more than when lying on their stomachs or backs. This, in turn, causes that already a few months old baby will try to pull itself up when you grasp its hands. Some parents misinterpret this as readiness to sit down and therefore happily place their baby on a chair or on their lap. Unfortunately, this is a big mistake: the abdominal and back muscles are not yet sufficiently developed in such a tiny baby, so they cannot actively maintain a vertical position and therefore sit asymmetrically. Because of this, the spinal asymmetries are preserved, the risk of developing posture defects increases, and the work of internal organs is disturbed. What are the recommendations of professionals regarding the use of child seats?
The MaxSpace Comfort System+ is Avionanut’s answer to the problems related to children adopting incorrect positions when riding in a car. It was designed based on the latest medical data and recommendations of the best specialists in ergonomics. All this is done in order to provide maximum protection for the child’s spine and ensure comfort at the highest level.
The seat offers support for the spine and muscles in many sections due to its ergonomic design:
Thanks to innovative solutions, the MaxSpace Comfort System+ has been approved by AGR, the German Association for Back Health. This means that it perfectly protects the child’s back and is also helpful in treating diseases of the musculoskeletal system.