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Use of seating devices in infants too young to sit.
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PMID:  9080929     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To determine how frequently seating devices are available in homes with small infants and how often they are used for infants who are too young to sit erect and unsupported. DESIGN: Observational study using a questionnaire administered to a cohort of parents of well infants younger than 5 months. SETTING: Well-Baby Clinic, Department of Pediatrics, Tripler Army Medical Center, a tertiary care center serving the population of military dependents on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. RESULTS: Infant seating devices were available in the homes of all of the infants whose parents completed the questionnaire during the study. Of 187 infants, 176 (94%) spent 30 minutes or longer in seating devices each day. The mean (tSD) time spent each day in seating devices was 5.7 +/- 3.5 hours and ranged from 0 to 16 hours. CONCLUSIONS: Seating devices were widely available for use in the care of the infants. Car seats that double as infant carriers and infant seats likely are being used extensively outside of automobiles. Prolonged use of infant seating devices with infants who are too young to sit unsupported may have several potential adverse consequences.
C W Callahan; C Sisler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine     Volume:  151     ISSN:  1072-4710     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med     Publication Date:  1997 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-04-17     Completed Date:  1997-04-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9422751     Medline TA:  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  233-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pediatrics, Tripler Army Medical Center, MCHK-PE, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Apnea / etiology
Gastroesophageal Reflux / etiology
Infant Equipment / adverse effects,  supply & distribution,  utilization*
Time Factors

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