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Health Plus: Car crashes #1 cause of death for kids 12 & under

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Car crashes are the number one killer of children twelve and under.

That's according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

In Health Plus, especially during this busy holiday travel season make sure your kids are secure.

As parents of newborn baby girl Greyleigh, Brian and Natalie Hershberger admit they're nervous about leaving the hospital with such precious cargo.

"First of all I don't know even if it's secured tightly or of it's in the right location. Since I have an SUV I don't know if we're on the right or left 'cause it has bucket seats. So there's quite a few things running through my mind," said Natalie.

Especially during the holidays, babies and young children will be traveling with their parents on busy roads.

That's why safely securing your child is so important to Covenant Family Birth Center's safety seat expert.

"That is first and foremost priority to make sure that the base of the car seat itself is in securely regardless of the rush, that the baby is in securely and that they can travel safely and know that their infant or toddler will be safe if something were to happen," said Stephanie Pyke, a registered nurse at Covenant and certified safety seat expert.

Pyke says she goes over the process step-by-step with families before they head home.

"There are two main things that are the biggest mistake. The first one being the base is not in tight and then the second one is the straps on the car seat and the breast buckle are not tight enough or in the right location," said Pyke.

For the Hershbergers, even traveling a short distance to their home in Jesup is a trip they take cautiously with a baby on board.

"If I did get into an accident, I want to make sure she's safe and everything's positioned properly in the car," said Hershberger. 

Remember in Iowa, children six and under need to be in a booster seat.

And if they're 20 pounds or less, a rear-facing car seat.

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