Nursery Today magazine

JANÉ MATRIX lie-flat offers the solution

New-born infants face risks if left in car safety seats for long periods, particularly when travelling. That’s according the latest car seat safety study: ‘Is the infant car seat challenge useful? A pilot study in a simulated moving vehicle’, which was featured on the BBC television and radio and the National Press (November 11, 2016).

This report concludes that new-born infants may be at risk if left in car safety seats for periods beyond 30 minutes, particularly when travelling.

This study, funded by the Lullaby Trust, was carried out at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with support from the University of Southampton and the University of Bristol. It assessed the cardiorespiratory effects of posture, motion and vibration on infants seated in a car safety seat. The study found that term and pre-term infants show significant signs of potentially adverse cardiorespiratory effects in a typical car seat which is at an upright position of around 40 degrees.

Professor Peter Fleming, from the University of Bristol said: “Placing an infant at the more upright 40° position, along with the vibration experienced in a car, leads to significantly increased heart and respiratory rates, and decreased oxygen saturation.  Simulating motion reveals a striking increase in potentially clinically significant oxygen desaturations.  Surprisingly, we found these differences were similar in term and preterm infants”.

The study concluded that infants should spend no more than 30 minutes in a car seat when travelling, and that they should be closely monitored by a passenger.

But what does this mean for concerned parents, and what’s the solution?
A new-born baby’s reflex to keep its head held up is not fully developed, meaning the head flops down....and this will restrict the airways. Doctors agree - they say that this is good enough reason not to use an infant car seat for anything other than travel.
Those who have a newborn and are taking journeys which are over the half-hour limit should consider investing in a quality lie-flat seat that offers all safety features of an upright seat.
Global nursery brand JANÉ has applied years of dedicated research to create the multi-award winning JANÉ MATRIX Lie-flat, the ONLY lie-flat car seat/carrycot in the world. This model was developed to help new-born respiration, nurture the abdomen and aid spinal development. Matrix also offers maximum protection in a rearward shunt. Its patented Isofix system means that it is extremely safe and parents can lock and unlock it with just one movement. Years of research prove that it’s the healthiest way for a baby to travel - with no user time restraints.

This innovative carrycot/car seat has exceptional crash protection. Its ADAC testing criteria at 40 mph shows ‘low risk of injury in a front crash’. The JANÉ TRANSPORTER carrycot has also scored highly in all ADAC safety testing.

JANÉ stages crashes equivalent to 85 km/h in the car at their dedicated Crash Test Research Facility.


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