Children's Community Pediatrics is an affiliate of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
CCP is the largest pediatric and adolescent primary care network in western Pennsylvania with more than 150 board-certified pediatricians.
Children’s Express Care provides walk-in, after-hours care by board-certified pediatricians on evening and weekends.
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It is exciting for parents to see children transition from one stage to the next. Yet with car seats, it is often safer to delay moving to the next step as long as possible. Once children outgrow the manufacturer’s height and weight limits on a safety seat, it is time to consider a new one, but there are few clear age, height, or weight recommendations that all children should follow.
Children under two years of age should remain rear facing. Since 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that children remain rear facing in child safety seats until the age of two.
In June 2016, Governor Tom Wolfe signed a Pa. law requiring children to remain rear-facing in car seats until age two. Officers will hand out verbal warnings to those in violation for the first year the law is in effect. After that, each violation will cost $125 in fines.
This AAP’s recommendation and new Pa. law are based on studies that show:
In a crash, a child’s disproportionately heavy head and weak neck musculature can contribute to spinal or brain injuries. When rear facing, the seat cradles the head and neck, and disperses crash forces across the entire body.
When children outgrow the height or weight recommendations for their rear-facing child safety seat, secure them in a forward-facing seat with a harness for as long as allowed by the manufacturer of the seat. When children outgrow their forward-facing seat with a harness, then secure them in a booster seat that allows the vehicle’s seat belt to fit properly (lap belt low and snug across the hips, and shoulder belt across the center of the chest and the collar bone, not the neck). Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45% for children aged 4–8 years when compared with seat belt use alone.
Many children are ready to be out of a booster seat and in a regular seat belt at approximately 4-foot-9 inches tall and between eight and 12 years of age, though this may vary depending on the automobile and child. A child should be able to sit with his/her back straight against the vehicle seat back cushion, and knees able to bend at the front edge of the seat before leaving a booster seat. All children under age 13 should ride in a back seat. A lap and shoulder seat belt should always be used.
Car seats may be installed with either the vehicle’s seat belt or the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system. Both installations are safe. If you install the car seat using the seat belt, check the vehicle’s owner’s manual to see if a locking clip is needed to keep the belt locked into position. Many vehicles do not need a locking clip, but one must fully extend the seat belt and the allow it to retract in order to keep the belt tight around the car seat. When in doubt on installation, call both the automobile and car seat manufacturers for advice.
Other great resources about car seat safety include: www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety and www.justdrivepa.org.
Don’t forget that many local municipalities offer car seat installation checks as well!
Amanda Kramer, MD and Bradley Kramer, MD from CCP – Moon, South Fayette, and Wexford.
With MyUPMC, you can easily manage your child’s health online. Through this free online portal, you will have 24/7 access to your child’s medical record. Learn more.
By visiting Children’s Express Care, our after-hours clinic, your child will receive the same specialized pediatric care you’ve come to expect from your CCP pediatrician. Open conveniently on evenings and weekends, your child can receive care for minor injuries and illnesses when your pediatrician’s office is closed for the day. Learn more about our services or find a location near you.
In the case of a serious emergency, call 911 or go to the emergency room.
Paying your bill has never been easier. CCP offers you an easy and secure method for paying bills online through UPMC’s Pay My Bill website. Pay My Bill Now.
For questions regarding your billing statement, please call the CCP Billing Office at 1-888-857-7646 or email CCPBilling@chp.edu.
Are you passionate about caring for children? CCP offers the opportunity for you to apply your unique skills in pediatric medicine and to make an impact on children’s lives.
We are seeking candidates for full-time, part-time, casual, and temporary positions at our locations throughout 12 counties in western Pennsylvania.
To apply, visit the UPMC Careers website.
Children’s Community Pediatrics
Administrative & Billing Office
Pine Center, Suite 450
11279 Perry Highway
Wexford, PA 15090
For administrative inquiries, please call 724-933-1100 or 1-888-857-7646.
Should a concern about your experience at CCP arise, please discuss it with your child’s pediatrician. If the concern remains unresolved, please email your concern to our Director of Clinical Operations at email@example.com. We will investigate your concern and provide you with a response. Contacting the Director of Clinical Operations will not negatively affect your care.