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Respiratory issues

Children with respiratory illness, often have difficulty managing their breathing and airways in an upright seated position, requiring careful management of their child restraint needs

Planning for children with respiratory issues

Rearward facing Australian standard car seats and/or special purpose car seats may be suitable for babies and children with respiratory challenges.

Rearward facing Australian standard car seats

Rearward facing Australian standard car seats offer greater recline than forward facing Australian standard car seats.

If a child has outgrown their current rearward facing Australian standard car seats and is still experiencing respiratory challenges, consider prescribing one of the larger rearward facing Australian standard car seats (known as Type A4) that cater for children up to approximately 2-3 years of age.

The vehicle assessment will need to identify if there is adequate space for a larger restraint, and whether it is suitable for the front passenger seat to be pushed forward to accommodate its size.

Special purpose car seats

Special purpose car seats offer an extensive range of features and optional accessories to improve the child’s positioning, comfort and safety. This includes greater recline capability than offered by Australian standard car seats particularly in forward facing mode. View the national register.

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