Dr. Howard Gollup is a board-certified pediatrician with Aurora Advanced Healthcare in Germantown. He cares for children from birth through adolescence. Though he cannot respond to individual medical questions, he welcomes your feedback and suggestions for future topics.
One of the first safety measures parents will take--on the very first car ride home--and some of steps they should follow for years to come, involve car safety seats and seat belts.
In Wisconsin, we have laws requiring that infants and children are properly restrained in vehicles. Infants less than a year old and less than twenty pounds must ride in a rear-facing child safety seat in the back seat of a vehicle (unless there is no back seat). A child between one year and four years, and between 20 and 40 pounds, must be in a child safety seat in the back seat, but can be forward-facing.