Children with respiratory illness, often have difficulty managing their breathing and airways in an upright seated position, requiring careful management of their child restraint needs
Planning for children with respiratory issues
Rearward facing child restraints and/or special purpose child restraints may be suitable for babies and children with respiratory challenges.
Rearward facing compliant child restraints
Rearward facing compliant child restraints offer greater recline than forward facing compliant child restraints.
If a child has outgrown their current rearward facing compliant child restraint and is still experiencing respiratory challenges, consider prescribing one of the larger rearward facing compliant child restraints (known as Type A4) that cater for children up to approximately 2-3 years of age.
The vehicle assessment will need to identify if there is adequate space for a larger restraint, and whether it is suitable for the front passenger seat to be pushed forward to accommodate its size.
Special purpose child restraints
Special purpose child restraints offer an extensive range of features and optional accessories to improve the child’s positioning, comfort and safety. This includes greater recline capability than offered by compliant child restraints particularly in forward facing mode. View the national register.