A toddler carseat could be one of the biggest hits in the pediatric treatment arena, with experts predicting it could help improve child and adolescent drivers.
“The idea of putting a child’s car seat into their hands is to be able to see what’s in there and to actually use it and then just make sure that they’re not going to have any issues with their eyesight,” said Dr. Scott Bostwick, a professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and one of several pediatric researchers to recommend the toddler car seats.
“When you can just give them a quick push, and they’re able to focus on the task, I think that’s very promising.”
Pediatrician Scott Bovey says pediatrician-designed car seats are a step forward for pediatric patients with ADHD.1:25The pediatric car seat was developed by researchers from the University at Buffalo in collaboration with the University in St. Louis, and is designed to help children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) improve their vision, balance and language skills.
While pediatricians say the car seats could help reduce the risks of developing eye injuries and other problems, Bostick says the cars also have potential to improve children’s speech and cognitive abilities.
“I think that we do need to look at the car seat in its current form and then see what kind of benefit that could have on the kids in the future,” Bostank said.
“If we can figure out how to improve this car seat, it might help some of the other problems that might be associated with this kind of behavior, like attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.”
Toddler car seats and ADHD-related conditionsWhile it’s not clear if the infant car seats will improve their safety and performance, pediatricians are looking forward to the new technology.
“We want to make sure we’re using it correctly, and that’s a concern for any child that might have the disorder,” said Bostrew.
“Because there’s no way to tell whether a child is going to be affected or not, but they’re going to benefit from the technology, I don’t think it’s worth it to put them in harm’s way just to have a safety issue.”
If the technology works for pediatricians, pediatric researchers are also looking to see if it can help other people with ADHD, who may not have been treated the way they might have been.
“This is something that’s been under study, and there are a lot of people out there with ADHD,” said Jeffrey Biermann, a pediatric neurologist at Johns Hopkins University who’s also a member of the pediatric carseat development team.
“They’re having a lot more problems than we were even a few years ago.
So the fact that they can see better, they can get around better and they can have better speech and language is really exciting.”
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