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Do you have a hyperactive child? This is what you need to keep in mind when driving them

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06/11/2015

The safety of our children is of vital importance, keeping them calm and relaxed in their child seats is the job of the parents; each time we take them out in the car, to drive them to school, back home or in fact anywhere. As we know, their posture is important and so is the way in which we install them into their car seat, something we cannot overlook or try to rush.

The question is, what happens if the child doesn’t want to do something? What if we have a hyperactive child that is unable to concentrate their attention on anything for more than five minutes? A child that sees the unfastening of their harness or seatbelt as the most fun thing ever? In this instance we must move on from theory to the practical, something that on paper might appear quite straightforward, can in practice become a battle with the child. What should be done in these instances? Here are a few tips that you can use every day.

It is important that the seat is suitable for the child. If a child is in a seat that is too small, they will find it uncomfortable and will try to get out, move around and complain. Our first job is therefore to ensure that the child restraining system is the correct size for the child.  If the child has special needs, they may need to use this type of system for longer than the average child, which makes it important to make the correct choice.

In the same way, if we talk about physical special needs we must also ensure that the seat is suitable for the child, offering them both the comfort and the safety they require. It is quite possible for any child, regardless of any special needs, to be hyperactive, restless, unruly or impatient.

Toys help to occupy children

There is nothing better than giving children something to entertain them to keep them occupied. We can refer to screens on which they can watch their favorite cartoons, a film (on a long journey), music or other types of games such as counting all the blue cars, looking for white dogs or in fact anything that occurs to us. To achieve, little by little, the child learning the importance of wearing a properly fastened seatbelt or harness, a simple technique is to name them as seatbelt controller: the person that is in charge of making sure that everyone’s seatbelts are fastened before leaving. It works well as children like to be given responsibility.

Another way of achieving this is to patiently allow them to unfasten their seatbelt (don’t show amusement), stop the car and park safely, unplug the screen they are watching or the music they are listening to, making sure that they understand that behaving in this way is unproductive. On the other hand we can use a reward system, if you have one: we can award  “points” if they behave well and stop unfastening the seatbelt or harness.

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