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My 6 year old is in a Britax booster seat currently. When we go for a long drive, she often falls asleep, she then wakes up screaming because her legs have gone to sleep. It’s like when she sits still, the circulation is cutting off. I’ve tried rolling up a towel to put under her knees between the end of her booster and the seat, this seems to help a little, but hasn’t solved the problem. Has anyone else had this happen? What did you do?

Posted anonymously, 19th March 2021

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  • Which Britax do you have? We habe a Britax booster seat but haven’t experienced that yet

  • Maybe visit Kidsafe and ask them if they have any recommendations – I’ve never heard of this, so maybe she’s in the wrong size booster.

  • Professional help for the seat and the issue with legs might be a good idea.

  • Talking about your Gp about possible circulation problems is a good idea. However a Gp is not a car seat specialist and can’t most likely really advice re car seats.. Better off looking at https://www.childcarseats.com.au/find-an-authorised-fitting-station for that.

  • I would say check with your GP first but I would think if you built up the area under her feet just to the height of lifting her knees up a little so they’re not dangling (and take the pressure off). Try some storage containers because they come in all shapes and sizes and most are not flimsy. A few years back I had bought a blow-up foot rest for airline travel…. good height but the squishy feeling was annoying when you moved.

  • The poor love. I would recommend you check it out with your G.P.

  • Same thing happens to my 8yr old grandson
    I was thinking to put something on the floor in front so that they could rest their feet, so that their feet are not dangling

  • Not had this issue. Maybe get some professional advice?

  • Talking to a GO is definitely a good start, she may have circulation problems. They may be able to advise you on a better suited booster seat. The other option is having a talk to a car seat specialist

  • Sounds like a very uncomfortable leg position for your child. My legs tend to fall asleep too depending on the position and pressure they are placed in. I do agree that it’s wise to take her to a gp. I also think there may be better suited booster seats for her, im sure your GP can advise you.

  • Think the other reply is good advice. Have never had this happen to any of my kids no matter how they sat or where.

  • Did u check with gp? Maybe its not issue with car seat

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