Imagine having a great time with your family at a long drive. But after a while, your little kid is crying a lot but couldn’t find any reason behind it. You thought of all the possible reasons behind it but couldn’t figure out. Have you ever thought about the car seat, which could cause great discomfort to your little child? Yes, your car seat could be uncomfortable for your child. You may wonder how this could be. Well, here is the reason.
The legs of your child do not reach the floor of the car. So, those little legs become dangling and hanging in the air. It causes problem in blood circulation and as a result, pain might be felt at joint. And this is the reason behind the discomfort of your child. You may have been figured out that in long car journeys, your kids kick on the seat next to them.
You may never think of the reason behind it. You sometimes rebuke your child for doing this. But it is only a reflex of body to turn the blood circulation on. They also may keep their feet on the seat sometimes while sitting. This happens also because of the body reflex while legs cannot circulate the blood back.
Well, now come to the solution. There is a very easy solution for this. Use a footrest on your car seat where children or short people can leave their legs without any discomfort. This is also very much healthy for body.
In which cases you need to use car seat footrest
- If your child kicks on the seat in front.
- If they seat crossed leg on the seat.
- If they put their legs on the armrest.
- If they cry and show tantrum.
These happen because knee gets tensed as gravity pulls downwards. If this pressure on legs continues on, this may develop as pain. From instinct, children think they need to move their legs somewhere. That is the reason they sit by crossing their legs or move their legs somewhere else e.g. armrest or any higher place.
In case of kicking the front seat, there is another explanation; when kids cannot move their legs for a long time in the car, there may be obstruction of circulation of blood through the arteries of legs. Especially, while blood inclines to the body. Finally, it gets much bad in long rides because blood arteries at knee joint get pressurized for long time sitting. Then kids feel unrest, desensitizing and they have to make motion of their legs.
Sometimes they kick on the front seat. They do this because they intend to increase the blood circulation of their legs. It is a normal physiological phenomenon.
Is there any influence on their growth?
Simply sitting on car seat for long time may not effect on your kids’ growth or development. But if it is too long and repetitions occur, then it may affect the knee joint. If there develops irritation on the ossification points of knees, then there may be an influence on their growth. So you should be cautious about your kids’ health and purchase car seat footrest.
Advantages of using car seat footrest
Here come some noteworthy advantages of using car seat footrest:
- It gives your children’s leg a great support.
- Prevents dangling of legs of your kids.
- Prevents knee pain or desensitization of legs.
- Makes the journey much more comfortable.
- Allows you children to have sound sleep.
What are the points to be kept in mind while purchasing a car seat footrest?
- It should be comfortable
- It must be protective
- It must be long-lasting
- It should easily fixable
- It should be cheaper
You can easily buy car seat comfortable footrest from any car related shop. But those are costly and not easily fixable, hard to adjust. In that case, there is an easy solution for this problem. How about making a footrest by your own hand at home? Yes, this is easily possible to make a car seat footrest at low budget at your home by using a pool noodles. This will be much more comfortable, cost effective and this serves its purpose greatly.
How to make car seat footrest by using pool noodle?
It is being said that, pool noodles are just not only for having fun at pool. Pool noodles are made of polyethylene foam, which are very lightweight and comfortable. There is a hole at the middle of the pool noodles. So, instead of letting your kid’s leg daggling in the air, you can easily make a footrest for them.
What you have to do is, firstly cut the pool noodle according to the width of your car seat. Then run a strap through the pool noodle hole and attach it to both sides of the car seat. Then the job is finished. Materials you need for this are a pool noodle, scissors and a strap. This is the easiest DIY work.
It serves its purpose very well. It is comfortable and don’t get unjust as easily as the materials are not made of iron or steel, there is no chance of rusting. Just keep it in mind that, the strap should be tightly tied to both sides of the seat. Otherwise, it may fall down.
Going to a long drive at free time with family is a greatly enjoyable thing. We all love to spend time with our family. But on these trips none of us wants our kids to feel pain to their knee or any kind of discomfort. For this we need to install a footrest to our car seat. Purchasing and installing or adjusting a car seat footrest may sometimes difficult as they are costly.
So we can make our own footrest at home by using pool noodle. It is comfortable and cheaper and also serves its purpose greatly. So let our children have a very comfortable, painless and happy journey with family by using a car seat footrest made by pool noodles. Happy journey to all!