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Call for parents to be aware of the dangers of conventional car seats

Oxygen desaturation can be prevented by using a lie flat car seat.

 Mother's warning over baby in car seat for too long

‘Mother's stark warning after her new-born baby stopped breathing when a two-hour journey in a car seat caused oxygen deprivation’

(Story excerpt from Mercury Press and Media)

The message about the dangers of Oxygen Desaturation is simply not getting through to many new parents.

We’re renewing our call for all parents to be aware of the dangers of travelling with babies in conventional car seats following alarming media reports on baby Harper Clark who stopped breathing after a car journey and suffered Oxygen desaturation.

Christopher and Kirsti Clark feared for their daughter Harper's life after she suffered a seizure following a two-hour journey in a car seat caused by rush-hour traffic.

The parents set out for an afternoon of shopping with their girls at 2.30pm and did a 45-minute drive to a shopping Centre where they spent almost three hours with Harper in her pram. The family then did a ten-minute drive to look at bunkbeds where Ms Clark walked around with Harper as the baby had just had a feed.

At around 6.30pm they set off on the drive home which took around an hour and 45 minutes, and Harper spent a further 15 minutes in her car seat while mum and dad got Malena into bed. Spending two hours in her car seat caused such severe oxygen deprivation that when Harper was taken out and lay down, the sudden increase sent her body into shock causing the baby to fit.

After being rushed to A&E and resuscitated, the baby girl spent the night in hospital where doctors carried out blood tests, an ECG and a car seat test. While Harper was found to be in great health and her car seat completely safe, consultants informed the parents that any tot who spends more than one hour in a car seat can suffer oxygen deprivation.

The stunned mum admitted she was initially in denial as she couldn't believe she had never heard of the risks before - but then felt angry and guilty. However, since speaking to other parents, Kirsti has realised that not many know such a short amount of time in a car seat could put a baby's life at risk and the mum is hoping to raise awareness.

Ms Clark said: 'When the consultant told us it was the car seat I couldn't believe it. I thought 'there's no way'. I couldn't understand why nobody had ever told us.

'We had obviously heard about not keeping babies in car seats overnight because it causes curvature of the spine but not about anything like this.’

 

Christopher and Kirsti Clark feared for their daughter Harper's life  baby

Christopher and Kirsti Clark feared for their daughter Harper's life after she suffered a seizure following a two-hour journey in a car seat caused by rush-hour traffic.

 

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Note to new parents

The safest way to travel with a new-born is in a totally lie-flat position. Check out the JANE MATRIX LIGHT, the healthiest and safest lie-flat carrycot/car seat in the world, designed to help prevent Oxygen Desaturation and protect baby from other dangers whilst travelling.

 

Matrix Light 2 - lieflat car seat