Pediatric Pearls

Poison Control

If you believe that your child has a poisoning emergency, call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222. If the child is having trouble breathing, CALL 911. Medicines, poisons, insecticides, and other household chemicals should be kept out of the reach of children.


Car Seat Safety

Age Group​ ​Type of Seat ​General Guidelines



​Rear-facing only seats and rear-facing convertible seats ​All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Seat until they are at least 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat's manufacturer.



​Convertible seats and forward-facing seats with harnesses Any child who has outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for his convertible car seat should use a Forward-Facing Car Seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer.​
​School-Aged Children ​Booster seats ​All children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car seat should use a Belt-Positioning Booster Seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
​Older Children ​Seat belts

​When children are old enough and large enough for the vehicle seat belt to fit them correctly, they should always use Lap and Shoulder Seat Belts for optimal protection.

All children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.