Gift of a Mother's Love: Safe Kids surprises Valentine's baby
By Melissa Schmitz Feb 15, 2017
There is no greater love than the love a mother has for her child. On Feb. 14 we celebrated Valentine’s Day to honor those we love, and what better way to do that than to keep them safe?
This Valentine’s Day, Safe Kids of Central Wyoming and Wyoming Medical Center started one family off on the road to safety. As part of the Gift of a Mother’s Love Program, the first baby born on Feb. 14 at was presented with a brand new infant child safety seat and other safety devices to help ensure their safety. The lucky winner was Elsa Adkisson who delivered a baby girl, Emma, on Valentine's Day.
In today’s traffic conditions, vehicle occupants of any age are in constant danger. There are more vehicles on the road that are traveling at higher speeds and more distractions for the driver, such as cell-phones, GPS navigation systems, and on-board music and DVD players. These increased risks affect not just the driver but everyone in the car, especially our children.
The primary goal this year is to remind all parents and other adults that in Wyoming children younger than 9 years old need to be in a child safety seat or booster seat, unless the lap and shoulder belt fit properly across the collarbone, chest and hips of the child and does not pose danger to the neck, face or abdominal area in event of a car crash or sudden stop.
As children grow, how they sit safely in a car, truck, van or SUV changes. Follow these guidelines:
- Use rear-facing infant seats in the back seat from birth to at least 2 years of age.
- Use forward-facing toddler seats in the back seat from 2 years old to about age 4 and 40 pounds.
- Use booster seats in the back seat from about age 4 to at least age 9.
- Use safety belts in the back seat at age 9 and older. Remember, all children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.
Gift of a Mother's Love is sponsored by Safe Kids Wyoming, Wyoming Department of Health and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
Melissa Schmitz is the grant coordinator for the Safe Communities and Safe Kids programs at Wyoming Medical Center. She has a blended background in healthcare, business development, technology and retail. She is the mother of two young boys. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (307) 577-7904.
For more information about child passenger safety go to safekidswyoming.org. Safe Kids of Central Wyoming works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children 14 and younger.