Posted on May 04, 2018

Last month Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Hamad International Training Center and the Child Development Center at Rumailah Hospital organized the third workshop on child car seat safety.

The event, which was attended by families with children who have special needs, provided practical solutions aimed at keeping the children safe while traveling by vehicle. Held on 3, 10, and 17 April and organized as part of the Child Development Center’s Early Intervention Program, around 30 families attended the workshop. “This workshop is part of our ongoing efforts to meet the needs of families in Qatar who have children with special needs. It is part of our commitment to helping keep children with disabilities and other special needs safe," said Ms. Fatima Mustafa, Assistant Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation.

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She said during the workshop staff work with families and help them to choose the right car seat for their child. She added that six members of her team have received training from the Hamad International Training Center on the safe installation of child car seats. Ms. Mustafa cautions that car accidents are the leading cause of death in children under the age of 13, underscoring the need to select a car seat that meets the child’s weight, height, and age requirements. She added that research shows children are safest when secured in rear-facing seats that support their whole back, neck, and head.

Parents who attended the workshop expressed their appreciation to the organizers and said they felt more confident in their ability to make good choices that would protect their children. The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is an outpatient program that provides early identification and intervention services for infants and toddlers who have or are at risk of, a developmental delay or disability.