So today DS had his 1-year well visit. We moved last month, so this is a new ped. office. She said to us "he's 1 year and over 20 lbs. now, so you can turn his carseat around." I said, "we prefer to keep him rear facing as long as possible, since it's safer," and she said, "it's actually better if he's facing forward." My jaw almost dropped on the floor! PLUS, while we were waiting for her to come into the exam room, we were reading a flier on the wall about "carseat safety," and it says right there on the flier that it's safest to keep a child rear-facing for as long as the weight and height restrictions of the seat will allow. Yet another misinformed pediatrician!
There were other things that I didn't like about her (but I'll spare you), so of course when we made his 15 month appointment, I requested someone else.
06-13-2008, 12:04 PM
I really wish ped's would just keep their mouths shut sometimes. They are medical doctors not carseat techs so in my opinion they shouldn't be giving advice about something out of their scope of practice. Luckily my ped is a little bit better then that but it's still iritates me.
Wow, I guess I'm kind of pissy today:)
06-13-2008, 12:05 PM
06-13-2008, 12:14 PM
Completely ridiculous, IMO. Their own professional organization states they should rearface to the limits. I really have no idea why doctors try to give car seat advice. I mean, I wouldn't try to diagnose your kids ear infection, so why would a doctor try to give car seat advice? Just seems weird, if you ask me. At least you knew better, mama! Good for you!
06-13-2008, 12:17 PM
Find a new doctor.
06-13-2008, 12:19 PM
uh yeah id never see that doc again....
our pedi has two kiddos and him and his wife practice ERFing and they are advocates of it! he encourages his parents to look into britax seats and recommends the FBSV to families that cannot afford the britax, he ROCKS!
06-13-2008, 01:11 PM
My ped never, ever mentioned car seats to me.
06-13-2008, 01:18 PM
I don't know if it's because we take dd to a family doctor, but she never gives us unsolicited advice about that kind of thing.
The one time I took dd to a ped, it was almost like the nurses were trying to give us a crash course in baby safety. (You know you're supposed to feed her when she's sitting upright? You've covered the outlets in your house, right?) I wanted to say "No, I stick cheerios in her mouth while she's lying down with a finger in the socket!"
I hope the next one you get is more informed!
06-13-2008, 01:23 PM
our pediatrician just told us to turn our 1 year old back around so she is rear facing! She told us that in Europe they rear face til they're 2. go figure...