New study says pediatricians need more training about car booster seats

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -- A new study conducted at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center found that one of three pediatricians were confident about counseling parents about car booster seats appropriately.

Dr Jennifer Setlik, M.D., an emergency medicine physician at Children's Hospital surveyed nearly 100 pediatricians who practice in Ohio.While 98.4 percent of the doctors knew the appropriate height requirements and positioning for booster seats, only 34 percent were confident that they were counseling parents according to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines.

Half were unaware of Ohio legislation regarding booster seats as well. Pediatricians in the survey talked about hoe there is not enough time during regular office visits to talk about booster seats and parents' disinterest.

"It is very important that pediatricians seek proper training and stay up to date with current information regarding state booster seat laws," says Dr. Setlik. "They also need to become more knowledgeable about AAP resources that are available to them, including three specific AAP online training guides."

The study will be presented on October 3 at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting in San Francisco on Monday.