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Experts say car seat add-on intended to prevent slumping can be ‘dangerous’

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 / Source: TODAY

Parents often see their children slumped over sleeping in their car seats and wonder if that could possibly be comfortable — or safe. That’s why some might turn to products, often referred to as car seat head support headbands or straps, to help their children snooze upright. But experts warn that these car seat add-ons can be dangerous.

“You should definitely not use products like these. They are definitely not safe for babies and children to use in car seats,” Erin Baughn, an injury prevention specialist with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, told TODAY Parents. “It looks uncomfortable to us … to have our child’s head flopping forward in their car seat if they fall asleep. However, they are completely safe to have their head flopping forward as long as they are old enough to have that head control.”

While parents might buy extra products for car seats because they think they’re helping their children, experts agree that using car seats as instructed offers the most protection.

“Anything that does not come with the car seat from the car seat manufacturers should not be used,” Courtney Gleaton, injury prevention coordinator at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, told TODAY. “Car seats are going to have very specific instructions and warnings about what types of items you can use with their seats and which ones you cannot.”

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