|MAXI-COSI COMBINES WITH STEPS CHARITY TO LOAN SPECIALLY DESIGNED CAR SEATS TO CHILDREN WITH HIP DYSPLASIA|
Maxi-Cosi - the leading car seat manufacturer - is partnering with charity very close to my own heart - STEPS to loan a specially designed Maxi-Cosi Opal HD (Hip Dysplasia) car seat to parents or carers of children with hip dysplasia for a period of six months.
Transportation of a child suffering DDH (Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip) - which occurs in about 1 in 1,000 babies - can be very difficult, with standard car seats not providing provision for those children suffering the condition.
The Maxi-Cosi Opal HD - specially designed with leading paediatrician Dr Soulier Begnié - gives children with hip dysplasia more support, flexibility and comfort.
Knowing that Maxi-Cosi had developed the Opal HD, STEPS - the national charity supporting children and adults affected by a lower limb condition such as clubfoot or a hip condition - approached Maxi-Cosi to discuss how they might work together. The result of this is that Maxi-Cosi is offering parents or carers of children with DDH the chance to –borrow a Maxi-Cosi Opal HD car seat for six months. The loan can be extended if there is medical evidence to support such an extension.
Andrew Ratcliffe, Managing Director of Maxi-Cosi UK, said: “STEPS does a wonderful job not only of raising awareness of DDH, but also in offering help and guidance to families having to deal with what is a relatively common but not particularly widely discussed condition.
“The Maxi-Cosi Opal HD had been designed with DDH sufferers in mind, so it seemed natural for Maxi-Cosi to work with STEPS when they approached us about how we might work together."
Expectant parents cannot always know in advance of the birth that their child will have the condition, so the car seat they have likely bought in preparation of the new arrival will not be suitable, resulting in an extra cost to replace it.
“Our loan scheme will mean that parents and carers will not have to fork out for a new car seat and will benefit from a model – in the Opal HD – designed to provide extra comfort, support and ease-of-use to children with DDH.”
The Maxi-Cosi Opal HD, suitable from birth to 18kg, is age-perfect for children with hip dysplasia. With more space for the legs and support for the back, the car seat offers a child the best safety, even with - as is sometimes necessary for children with DDH - their legs spread wide.
It has a soft, padded seat for extra comfort, a support pillow for younger babies, a Side Protection System and five recline positions. It is easy to install with the car 3-point seat belt and can be used rearward-facing – which is the position recommended for optimum safety in young children up to 13kg - before being turned forward facing for use up to 18kg.
DDH is a problem with the way that the hip joint develops. It is usually present from birth and is more common in girls. When developmental dysplasia of the hip is diagnosed and treated early in a young baby, the outcome is usually excellent. If treatment is delayed, the treatment is more complex and with less chance of being successful.
Every year, more than 2000 families contact STEPS for help and guidance on how to deal with their child’s condition and how to cope with it.
Maxi-Cosi has long been at the forefront of car seat innovation, particularly in relation to car seat safety. It was influential in the development of the i-Size (ECE R129) car seat safety legislation introduced in 2013, and its 2wayPearl used with 2wayFix Base car seat was the first i-Size compatible car seat to be introduced to the UK market.
I for one am so excited to see such a huge organisation partner up with Steps - this will help so many families.
Maxi-Cosi are truly awesome!!