After your infant is discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), you may need to take special precautions for car travel.
In most cases the safest way for a healthy premature baby to travel is by car seat. But some premature infants cannot sit in a car seat without slouching over, which interferes with their breathing and oxygen supply. Some premature infants may need a special bed for the car. Ask your doctor what is best for your baby.
Be sure to buy a car seat that is recommended for your baby's weight and height. Follow the car seat maker's instructions for installing the seat. Keep your baby in the back, middle seat of the car. This is the safest place in the car.
If your infant is sent home with oxygen, a monitor, or other supportive technology, secure the equipment under a vehicle seat or on the floor during travel.
Current as of: October 24, 2023
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