Children with Special Needs
When possible, a caregiver should use a standard child restraint system to transport children with special health care needs. Some children may require special seats for a variety of medical conditions, including:
- Prematurity, low birth weight
- Orthopedic conditions, casts (including hip spica casts)
- Cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders
- Autism and related disorders
- Down’s Syndrome
- Some hospitals offer special needs evaluations and fittings; Talk to your physician, nurse and physical, occupational or rehabilitation therapist for recommendations.
- Lateral support and positioning can be achieved in a standard seat with rolled towels or blankets positioned around the child.
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