A US mum and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) has gone viral with her clever suggestion for children’s car seats – in case of a crash.
Kaitlyn, who lives in Indiana and has a young daughter named Olivia-Mae, knows that, in many car crash scenarios, if both parents are unconscious, they’re unable to speak on behalf of themselves or their very young children.
As babies and toddlers often can’t rattle off vital information like their parents' full names, emergency contact numbers or even warn paramedics about life-threatening allergies or medical conditions, she came up with a simple way for first responders to get the info they needed.
Kaitlyn stuck a piece of paper with her and her partner’s full names, DOB and an emergency contact number – as well as a warning that their child can’t talk yet – to the side of Olivia-Mae’s car seat, on the side nearest the car door, just in case.
She shared her idea on Facebook, in hope that other parents would do the same – and of course, it’s taken the internet by storm, and has actually inspired fellow mums to follow suit.
“Way too often... fire fighters come upon a car wreck with child(ren) in the car who are too young to have any info and parents are unconscious,” she wrote on Facebook, alongside a pic of the notice which she’d used for Olivia-Mae’s car seat.
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"It takes 2 minutes of your time to write out your child’s name, date of birth, emergency contacts, any medical conditions, any medicine your child is on, and even your child’s doctor, then stick it to the child’s car seat. This helps emergency medical services a ton and [could] also help save your child’s life."
"[Often] emergency personnel don’t have time to search through personal belongings to find this kind of information needed," Kaitlyn added in a chat with Love What Matters.
"Having it on the car seat helps in an emergency. The sticker is on the side of the car seat when you open the door; it is very visible.”
Wow – well, goes without saying that we really hope that no one ever needs to read these handy notes.
However, car crashes do occasionally happen, sometimes through no fault of our own, so it can’t hurt to have this info on the car seat, right?