We hope you never have the experience of being in a serious car accident with your kids. But it's good to be prepared, and this tip from a parent could help emergency responders during a rescue.
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If you and other adults in the car are injured and unable to communicate, the responders will have a hard time identifying any young children in the vehicle. Therefore, as tweeted by a mother named Alexis Copas, it's a smart idea to attach their names and emergency information to their car seats.
First, make an emergency card. Information to include:
- Child's name
- Child's date of birth
- Parents' names, DOBs and phone numbers
- The phone number of at least one outside emergency contact
- Any important medical information (such as medicines or allergies)
- The name and number of the child's doctor
- Any other vital information
(There are also several free downloadable car seat labels on the internet, such as this one.)
Then attach the information to an area of the car seat that is not highly visible through the window. Better yet, hide the information under a paper flap that says "ICE" (in case of emergency) on the outside. Here's a tutorial from Baby Gizmo. Be sure to keep the card updated, and put one on every car seat your child uses.
It isn't a perfect solution - first responders may not always look at the car seat for information, and children don't always sit in the same car seat every time. But it's a simple thing you can do to help ensure your child will be taken care of.