A new study by researchers at the University Medical Centre in Ljubjana, Slovenia says that infant car seats may not be the best option for babies as they lower oxygen levels available to them.
The researchers measured oxygen levels in 200 healthy 2-day-old infants. All infants in the study had been placed in hospital cribs for half an hour and in infants care seats and beds for 60 minutes.
The researchers found that average oxygen saturation level in the cribs was 97.9% and was 96.3% in the car bed and 95.7% in the infant car seat. "The use of these devices should, therefore, be restricted to protection from injury and death in traffic accidents, and they should never serve as a replacement for a crib," lead researcher Lilijana Kornhauser Cerar, MD and colleagues wrote.
The details of the study are published in the journal Pediatrics.