I know some people think some things are extreme when it comes to car seat safety, often a matter of the "It won't happen to me" mindset. When mentioning clearing the car of potential projectiles, often the reaction is, "Oh, PLEASE. Whatever," ignoring the fact that  even slamming on your brakes without impact is enough to make things go  flying.

For one mom, Christina Hish of Denver, the reality of dangers from a  projectile came true, in a very scary and serious way. The end result is  over 400 stitches and many surgeries for her son, all from a  soft-spouted sippy cup.

(Warning, slightly graphic picture ahead.)

On October  15th, last year, Hish and her 2-1/2-year-old, JD, were going out in  their family car. Only a block away from her house, as she turned left,  someone who drove straight in a left-turn lane hit her going around 45  miles per hour.

Her airbags deployed, the car was smoking, and she heard her son  screaming behind her. She got out and went to him, and saw blood  everywhere. He had been essentially scalped by the soft spout sippy cup he had with him.

She screamed for help, and an amazing woman removed her shirt, stood  in a bra, helping her apply pressure to her son's head and they sang  while waiting for emergency response.


Healed some,
after the bandages were removed
A plastic surgeon was called in to handle JD's injuries -- his  skull was fractured in three places, he required more than 200 internal  and 200 external stitches, and the main muscle in his forehead was  severed and not able to be repaired, meaning he will never have movement of his forehead muscles.

Being autistic and non-verbal, JD's recovery was especially  difficult, especially when his eyes were completely swollen shut, but  with a great support system of loving family, they helped him pull  through, and now he's doing well, though he has been through a lot, will  always have lasting scars and effects, and may face future surgeries as  well.

JD's mom is now, understandably, a major car seat safety advocate, with focus on dangers of projectiles. Many  people consider it excessive or extreme but the fact is even in  situations where a person merely slams on the brakes, items go flying  and everything that is loose is potentially a danger to the occupants of  a vehicle (including unrestrained passengers and pets!).

The method for determining the force at which an item flies isn't tough, but to break it down for very quick  calculations, just figure that the weight of an object, times the speed  you're traveling equals the force at which that item would hit  something if your car comes to a sudden, complete stop (like hitting  something head on).

5 pound purse x 35 miles per hour = 175 pounds of force.

That's actually pretty significant if it's hitting you or your child.

It may seem silly to buckle in your purse or put your water bottle in the center console that closes, but it's worth it. Only allow soft items like blankets or stuffed animals in the car with your child, and if you need a drink, check out something like an entirely soft water bladder that can be secured to something, and would break and spill before it  would go flying. I think any mom would really hate to have her cellphone  damage her child, when she figured just months before, "Whatever, it's  not worth the effort."

Do you take projectiles seriously? Do you secure them?