Mom Warns Babies Should Never Be in Car Seats for More Than 1 Hour After Newborn Almost Dies
"He pointed out how red her cheeks were. He picked her up and I could tell straight away from his face that something was wrong."
The car can be a magical retreat for some new parents as a place where their little ones actually stop crying and fall asleep. That’s why when one couple ran into traffic while driving home with their newborn and 3-year-old, they didn’t particularly mind. However, 3-week-old Harper almost died from this delay, and now her parents, Kirsti and Christopher Clark, are speaking out to warn others about the one thing they wish they knew: It seriously matters how long your newborn is left in his or her car seat.
Harper started having a serious seizure as soon as she was taken out of her car seat.
The horrified parents rushed Harper to the hospital as she foamed at the mouth.
Thankfully, doctors were able to get Harper breathing again and immediately started doing tests to find out what had caused this.
A baby’s age can also play into how long he or she can safely sit in a car seat.
Harper’s parents had no idea that they put their daughter at risk — and now they’re warning others.
Although Kirsti still gets emotional thinking about the ordeal, she hopes to raise awareness for new parents. “We knew we had to share what happened to Harper because parents need to know,” she said. “Just two hours in a car seat and we could have lost her, it’s terrifying.”
“I would tell every parent to just really carefully watch their babies and if they don’t absolutely need to be in the car seat take them out because it is not worth what we had to go through,” she added. “Watch your baby and know your baby. If something doesn’t seem quite right take them straight to hospital.”