On September 22, 2015 Governor Brown signed a new law requiring children to be riding rear-facing in their car seat until the age of 2-years. The bill introduced by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, will go into effect on January 1, 2017. Even even though the new law will require children to be rear facing until 2-years of age, it is recommended and safest to keep your child rear-facing up until the maximum height or weight that is printed on the side of your child's car seat for maximum safety and protection. Once your child outgrows a rear-facing only car seat their next seat is a convertible car seat (most can also be used for newborns), where the child can ride rear-facing longer, up to the height or weight printed on the side of the car seat. 
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Under current California Law, children are required to be riding rear-facing until the age of 1-year. However child passenger safety advocates and educators have been providing best practice recommendations to parents to make sure they keep their child rear-facing up until the maximum height or weight, printed on the side of their car seat to reduce the risk of spinal cord and brain injury.

Most car seats are now being designed to a greater height and weight to accommodate children riding rear-facing longer. Even once a child is out of a rear-facing only infant car seat, the next stage of car seats which is the convertible seats are also designed to keep the child to be continued seated rear-facing. Many of these convertible car seats when rear-facing can range from 40, 45 and even up to 50 pounds.Baby growth charts modified for child passenger safety best practices illustrate that these upper weights can keep children rear-facing between 3-5 years of age. Keeping a child rear-facing longer helps to provide support to protect the child's head and neck during a collision.  A child that is restrained properly in a rear-facing seat helps to provide additional support to the child's posterior torso, neck, head and pelvis. In the event of a collision this helps to distribute the crash force over their entire body instead of the force being on the body at the five-point harness contact points.

Remember to keep your child rear-facing longer, up until the height or weight maximum that is printed on the side of your car seat to give your child more neck and head protection. Even further every time you move your child from rear-facing to forward-facing, to booster seat to seat belt you are giving your child less and less protection. Keep your child at each stage longer up until the maximum height or weight printed on the side of your child's car seat. 

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As a parent or caregiver you want the best for your child. But do you sometimes get angry, upset or yell, sometimes feeling a loss of control towards your child or teen? If so, such behaviors could be the result of things that have happened in your childhood or past that causes you become more reactive rather than responding to your child. Such reactive behaviors can however have severe consequences affecting your child's brain development and behavior that can put them at severe risk of acting out behaviors.
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Video Produced by JC Schroder with Star Com Productions
A recent video by Tiffany Alvord provides an excellent example of how a caregiver can unintentionally push a teen towards a premature relationship to get away from problems in the home. However it is unfortunate that these relationships are far from having a fairy tale ending as these often result in further re-victimization, unintended pregnancy, intimate partner violence (IPV) and dropping out of school.

WHAT IS THE RISK? When a teen is exposed to problems in the home or even an "over controlling parent", this affects the way their brain develops and can often lead to unintended consequences. Such as an inability to express how they feel, exhibiting poor academic performance or becoming over critical in obtaining all A's, having low self-esteem, poor social skills, risk of drug and alcohol abuse, even suicidal behavior, criminal activity. For a girl, she is even more at risk of re-victimization from being drawn to a premature intimate relationship that makes her feel important, loved, respected, cared for but instead often leads to early sexual activity, unintended pregnancy, dropping out of school and intimate partner violence. 

DO YOU GET ANGRY, UPSET EASILY? As an adult caregiver, whether biological or not, if you feel you easily become angry, yell or even feel like becoming threatening among those you care for, remember it is highly likely that your daughter will be more easily drawn to someone who is loving and caring, but because they have had boundaries and emotional violations, they are at a greater risk of becoming the victim of abuse in a premature relationship. But the good news is that, for the love of your child you care for, to show them how much you care and love them, you can talk with someone and get assistance so you can provide the best for your child. Remember the behaviors that you model to your child, they learn from you. While how you have become is not your fault, based upon your past, you can make changes to help your child.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? While this video was not likely intended for this purpose, Tiffany Alvord in her song "Never Been Better" is a beautiful song and video that offers an example of how teen girls can be easily drawn to premature relationships when there are problems in the home. Call to talk with someone today at 800-799-7233.  You can also guidelines in The Parent's Pyramid, along with additional information  to help you provide the best for your child.
 
 
Zak Designs 26-ounce plastic water bottles have recalled their 10 inch tall water bottles, due to nine reports of the inner plastic straw in the flip-top portion of the cap breaking and seven reports of plastic fragments spit out by children using the bottle. According to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) no injuries have been reported. 

Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled water bottles immediately and contact Zak Designs for instructions on receiving a free replacement cap with straw by calling Zak Designs toll-free at 866-737-1148 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.zak.com (click on Product Recall at the bottom of the page for more information).
Zak Designs 26-ounce plastic water bottles were sold at Target stores during the “Back-to-College” promotion nationwide from June 2015 through July 2015 for about $10.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.