Thousands Of Children Get Injured By Strollers And Carriers Every Year, Study Finds

Posted: Aug 18 2016, 12:26pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 18 2016, 12:30pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Thousands of Children Get Injured by Strollers and Carriers Every Year, Study Finds
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Nearly 360,000 kids were treated in emergency rooms for stroller or carrier-related injuries from 1999 to 2010. That makes an average of 17,000 injuries each year.

Putting your babies in strollers or carriers is not as safe as you think. A new research reveals that nearly 360,000 kids were treated in emergency rooms for injuries caused by stroller or carriers from 1999 to 2010. That’s more than 17,000 injuries per year and most of those injuries occurred when kids fall out of the stroller or the carrier was overturned.

Even though most of those injuries were minor and usually resulted in cuts and bruises but chances of sustaining serious head injuries cannot be discounted. Study shows that traumatic brain injuries account for one quarter or 25% of all stroller-related injuries and one third or 35% of all carrier-related injuries.

Most of the children went to home after receiving medical care in emergency department while 7% of children hurt by carrier and 2% by stroller had to stay in hospital for further treatment.

“While these products are used safely by families every day, when injuries do occur they can be quite serious," said co-author Kristi Roberts, a research associate in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's. "The majority of injuries we saw were head injuries which is scary considering the fact that traumatic brain injuries and concussions in young children may have long term consequences on cognitive development.”

Researchers looked at the data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System to draw the conclusion. The database was obtained by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission which keeps a record of all the injuries that have been treated in emergency rooms in relation to sports, recreation and consumer products. For the study, researchers specifically asked for the data of carrier or stroller related injuries during the 21-year period which involved which involved children age 5 or younger.

Researchers believe the number of injuries can be reduced if strollers or carriers are used with caution like always buckle up your kid, refrain from hanging heavy items on the handle of strollers to avoid potential tip over and keep the stroller low to the ground so your kid does not fall from much height and injured badly.

“As parents, we place our most precious cargo in strollers and carriers every day," said Roberts. “By taking a few simple steps like making sure your child is buckled up every time he is in his stroller or carrier and being aware of things that can cause these products to tip over can help prevent many of these injuries.”

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