What devices can I use for my child's head so that it does not roll forward if they fall asleep in their child seat?
One of the main concerns families have when their children fall asleep during a car journey is how to protect their head and neck. Depending on the position of the seat, the child's head could fall forward at any time when they are asleep and it poses a risk in the event of a crash.We should consider the possibility that once the child is asleep they will not have the right posture and their head could fall forward onto their chest into an unsafe position. This is a risk for the child because, among other reasons, it could hinder the child's breathing. There is no risk that a newborn baby's head will fall forward onto their chest because they will be in a child car seat in Group 0 (or its i-Size equivalent), but we do however need to take precautions in terms of postural asphyxia. Furthermore, in the event of a crash it could lead to an internal decapitation of the C1.
There are various accessories and devices that claim to keep the head in the correct position in the event that children fall asleep in the car. There are a lot of options on the market but we may well come across a number of devices that are, at best, not fully legal. These are devices that might not comply with parts of the legislation and should therefore be avoided.When it comes to choosing this type of device we need to be very strict in terms of its approval, but also when it comes to how appropriate the accessory is for the child car seat we are using. The best thing to do is to avoid any potential risks and only purchase these accessories and devices in the store where we bought the child car seat. This will mean that the device is not only compatible with the seat, it will also be compatible with the seat's safety.
At Fundación MAPFRE we recommend that children should travel in a rear-facing position until they are at least 4 years old (and if possible up to 5 years old), providing that the child's physical condition allows for it.
We also recommend only purchasing products that come with a guarantee (official certificates) and are recommended by the manufacturer. We will therefore avoid detrimentally affecting the proper functioning of the child car seat or the child's safety. It is best to adjust the tilt of the seat according to the child's needs in order to prevent their head from rolling forward if they fall asleep.