Rear Facing Til Two and Beyond

My SUV After My Daughter & I Survived a Multi-Rollover Wreck

You’ve seen this picture before on this website, when I went into great detail about the rollover wreck my daughter and I survived.  It probably comes as no surprise to you that I was an outspoken advocate for car seat safety before, and became vociferous afterward.  All the research I’d read when my girl was a baby suggested we keep her rear-facing at least until she was two, regardless of whether our state only mandated rear-facing til one (it did and does), so that’s what we did.  Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is “on the bus”, as they say, and last week issued new recommendations for car seat safety.  I asked NHTSA’s David Strickland to tell me about the new recs… [Read more…]

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My Daughter’s Car Seat Saved Her Life

(8/09) One gray morning last week my daughter and I were in a terrible car accident.  My beautiful four year old and I careened off the road at between 60 and 70 miles an hour. We launched through a guardrail and began to roll. I don’t know how many times.

Then, in a quiet field in rural Texas, motion stopped.

Most of this I know because it has been told to me. I have been told that my car and another collided along the highway. We were traveling the speed limit, but that was fast. I lost control of my SUV.

I lost control.

My baby was in the car. [Read more…]

Pregnant or Breastfeeding? You Need This App!

Photo Courtesy of Texas Tech Health Sciences Center

Many pregnant women and nursing moms spend hours scouring the internet to find out if the medicine they are taking or have been prescribed is safe for their baby.  The Infant Risk Center at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center now makes that search quick and easy. [Read more…]

Doc Says Drug Test Your Kids

teens and young adults in suburban Dallas have been indicted in a sweeping heroin bust after three young people died of heroin overdoses last year.  These are not the kids you would imagine having a heroin problem.  They are from a middle to upper middle class bastion of suburbia. It’s a land of six bedroom homes and soccer camps and vacation bible schools.  Yet these kids are accused of trading things like guns and sex for drugs.  These kids are junkies. [Read more…]