Missouri law requires kids to be in rear-facing car seats at least until the age of one. But the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children stay rear-facing until age two. "Because pediatric patients, their neck muscles are not strong enough to withstand forces on an impact when they're forward facing until they're at least two-years-old," Lana Martin, a trauma nurse clinician at CoxHealth in Springfield, said. Under Missouri law, kids less than four-years-old or less than 40 pounds must be in an appropriate child safety seat.
Missouri lawmakers have voted to mandate another health screening for newborn babies.
Legislators gave final approval Wednesday to a measure that will require infants to be screened for critical congenital heart disease within 48 hours of birth or before they are discharged from hospitals. The new mandate would begin for babies born in Missouri in 2014.
Parents could opt out if they sign a written statement saying the screening conflicts with their religious beliefs.