Rescue Workers Share The 2 Car Seat Tips That Will Save A Child's Life

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There are a lot of things that parents will just never agree on (and I know, because I see the arguments on my Facebook feed every day).  

What is the right way to discipline your children?

What sleeping arrangement should you use?

And don't even get us started about breast feeding versus formula.

But one of the most contentious debates of all is about what is the right kind of car seat to use - or whether to buy one at all.

Whatever side of the issue you stand on, a pair of emergency workers have shared important safety tips for parents that apply to every car seat.

The Label

Kaitlyn Lawson

The most surprising piece of advice comes courtesy of mother and paramedic Kaitlyn Lawson, and has nothing to do with the car seat itself.

In a post that has since gone viral, Lawson appealed to other parents to print a label for their child's car seat.

"It takes two minutes of your time to write out your child's name, date of birth, emergency contacts, any medical conditions, any medicine your child is on, and even your child's doctor, then stick it to the child's car seat," she explained.

"This helps EMS a ton and can also help save your child's life."

Lawson explains that after an accident, parents aren't always able to provide this important information to rescue workers.

By attaching it to your child's car seat, you can guarantee they'll get the treatment they need, and quickly.

But another mother and rescue worker has her own car seat tip for parents.

Hold Them Tight

In her own viral Facebook post, paramedic Krystal Kleidon explains the simplest way to protect your child in a crash.

Kleidon - who blogs about motherhood at Project Hot Mess - and her husband are both rescue workers.

They say that throughout their careers, which add up to over 20 years on the job, they've recognized one detail in cases where young children survive a car crash.

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"Between my husband and I, in our 20 years experience, we have NOT seen a single child harmed in a car accident where the child was restrained in their seat properly," she wrote.

"Not a single one."

The restraints on the car seat should be tight enough to keep the child in place, or even to suspend them upside-down like Kleidon does in the photo accompanying her post.

Kleidon says she knows that "discussion around car seats is ALWAYS a heated one," but this is the one piece of advice everyone can follow.

We can all agree we never want to see our kids get hurt, so let's make sure everyone learns these tips!

Are you already following these two safety rules?

[H/T: Babble, LoveWhatMatters]

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