You may have heard the recent recommendations that children be kept in a rear-facing position while riding in a car until they reach the age of two. Previous recommendations said your child could turn around once he or she turned one. So, what has changed?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the recommendation for rear-facing car seats changed due to more research into crashes and the effects on the small bodies of children. A rear-facing position offers more support in the event of an accident. Due to physics and how the body continues moving forward even when a vehicle stops, the rear-facing position, prevents the child's head and neck from being snapped forward on impact. Because a child under two is not completely developed, especially in the neck, this position can greatly reduce the number of fatalities and severe injuries in accidents.