September Car Seat Checkup Events

Motor vehicle-related injuries are a leading cause of death for children with 3 children dying and 469 injured EVERY DAY. 

Roughly 70% of families leave the hospital with their newborn improperly harnessed in their car seat and/or with their car seat installed incorrectly. 

September is National Child Passenger Safety Month and Safe Kids Larimer County has partnered with local organizations to hold 2 free Car Seat Checkup Events! Both on September 30th, one in Fort Collins and one in Loveland. Call 970-495-7502 to sign up for your appointment today! See flyers below.

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Partner Highlight – UCHealth

UCHealth is our leading agency and we are so thankful to be apart of such a great system. We are especially thankful this month for the partnership we have with our counterparts at University of Colorado Hospital, the Trauma/Emergency Department at Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH) and UCHealth EMS. Collaboration between these departments allowed us to pilot the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) program at PVH with Poudre High School in March.

Throughout the program the students heard from experts in each of those departments where it was obvious the passion and commitment they have for their profession. The passion spilled over into a desire to prevent those students from ever encountering them while on duty. Hearing this made the students more aware of their actions and the ripple effect – where an action does not only affect yourself but others as well.

We truly appreciate everyone’s dedication to treating patients and taking time out of their day to educate on prevention. The P.A.R.T.Y program would not run without their help!

Poudre Valley Hospital is a level III trauma center and opened in 1925. The new Emergency Department opened in February 2017 to accommodate their growing census and provide optimum care to patients and their families. PVH and MCR are apart of the UCHealth System.

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Join us for Get Dumped Day!

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Come out on Sunday, February 12th between Noon and 2 p.m. at Colorado State Patrol (3832 S. I-25) to dump your old car seats!

Around Valentine’s Day our thoughts turn to our loved ones, especially our children. Safe Kids Larimer County urges parents and caregivers to ensure their children are riding as safely as possible by dumping their old, unsafe car seats and boosters.

Car Seats Colorado provides a pod to place recalled, expired and/or crashed car seats. These seats are then taken to be recycled.

Click here to open event flyer.

Recycling Pod at CSP

Although we’d love to see you at the awareness event, the pod stays at this location year round and old car seats can be dropped off  Monday – Friday between 8-4:30 p.m.

AAP Updates Safe Sleep Recommendations for Infants

Every year, the nation loses roughly 3,500 babies to sleep-related deaths. 90% of these occur before 6 months of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continue to study and come out with recommendations on the best practices they know of to prevent these deaths. This October, they updated their recommendations to align with what they have seen in recent studies.

There were very few big changes but one that stood out was their emphasis on not sleeping with the infant on a couch or recliner. Many deaths they see are from the children becoming wedged in between cushions where they cannot escape and suffocate. Although bed sharing is still not recommended, it is safer than a couch or recliner. Especially if pillows and blankets are removed.

The ABC’s of Sleep – Alone, Back and Crib Environment are still as pertinent as ever. One update we saw was the recommendation that the infant should sleep in the same room as the parents, as close to the bed as possible, but in their own space meant for an infant. They recommend doing this until at least 6 months but up to a year if possible.

Finally, they continue to encourage no positioning devices since there is no FDA approved device that prevents SIDS, even if it says it is tested. Although it seems cold, there should be no soft objects or loose bedding in the crib/play yard/bassinet when baby is in it. A sleep sack is the safest option.

Here is the list in it’s entirety:

1. Place infants on their back to sleep (supine) for every sleep period until they are 1 year old. This position does not increase the risk of choking and aspiration.
2. Use a firm sleep surface.
3. Breastfeeding is recommended.
4. Infants should sleep in the parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed but on a separate surface designed for infants, ideally for the first year, but at least for the first six months.
5. Keep soft objects and loose bedding out of the infant’s sleep area.
6. Consider offering a pacifier at naptime and bedtime.
7. Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth.
8. Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.
9. Avoid overheating and head covering in infants.
10. Pregnant women should obtain regular prenatal care.
11. Infants should be immunized according to the recommended schedule.
12. Avoid using commercial devices that are inconsistent with safe sleep recommendations, such as wedges and positioners.
13. Don’t use home cardiorespiratory monitors as a strategy to reduce SIDS risk.
14. Supervised tummy time while the infant is awake can help development and minimize positional plagiocephaly.
15. There is no evidence to recommend swaddling to reduce the risk of SIDS.
16. Health care professionals and staff in newborn nurseries and neonatal intensive care units as well as child care providers should endorse and model recommendations to reduce SIDS risk.
17. Media and manufacturers should follow safe sleep guidelines in messaging and advertising.
18. Continue the Safe to Sleep campaign, focusing on ways to further reduce sleep-related deaths.
19. Research and surveillance should continue on all risk factors.
Found at: http://www.aappublications.org/news/2016/10/24/SIDS102416