Serious Injury From Carriers, Cribs and Strollers On the Rise
It’s important to check all products for recalls, read all of the instructions and take the safety advice seriously.
Injuries from items commonly found in nurseries, such as baby carriers, cribs and strollers, happen at an alarming rate and — worse — are on the rise, a recent study says.
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The study, published online recently in the journal Pediatrics, looked at nursery product-related injuries over a 21-year period, between 1991 and 2011. The researchers found that about 66,000 children 3 years or younger are treated in a hospital emergency-department for a nursery product-related injury every year.
Injuries were most commonly associated with baby carriers, followed closely by cribs/mattresses, strollers or carriages and baby walkers/jumpers/exercisers.
Eighty percent of the injuries were caused by a child falling, and almost half of the injuries were to the head, face, or neck.
During the early years of the study, there was a significant decline in injuries, which researchers attributed to a decrease in injuries from baby walkers. In the last eight years of the study, however, the number of nursery product-related injuries increased steadily, rising nearly 25 percent.
Purva Grover, MD, a pediatric emergency physician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, says there are several other potential hazardous nursery products of which parents should be aware:
The most important thing to remember is that nothing replaces supervision, Dr. Grover says.
It’s important to check all products for recalls, read all of the instructions and take the safety advice seriously, she says. Most products come with a registration or warranty that will automatically alert the purchaser to a product recall. From 2009 to 2012, nursery products were the leading category of children’s products recalled in the United States.
Also, if something like a stroller or crib breaks, it needs to be closely inspected and possibly replaced or discarded.