How did I make it 3 years without learning about car seats??? I would simply mention to parents to be sure to use one. If they had specific questions about if the baby was properly in the seat, I referred them to a car seat expert. (We refer to a lot of experts in residency.)
We took my son home from the hospital on an icy February day in a warm jacket buckled into the car seat. When we got home and I went to unlatch the buckle I realized it had never clicked. The jacket was too bulky!!! We went to a car seat check a couple weeks later and his car seat wasn't even tight enough ~ this is before the LATCH system helped secure the seat. My own baby had been unsafe. How awful is that after nearly 3 years of pediatric residency? Of course now, 12 years later, many car seat rules/recommendations have changed. Gotta keep learning!
Starting up in practice teaches us more about common illnesses and concerns. We sharpen the skills of disease management and normal growth and development with all of its variances from following the same kids over years. We must incorporate everything we know from books, lectures, clinical experiences, personal experiences, and more into caring for our patients with the most current evidence based and practical methods available.
And that keeps changing,
keeping pediatricians life long learners!