Every eight minutes, a baby is injured using a nursery product
- Author: Lila Blake Mar 14, 2017,
Mar 14, 2017, 0:24
Researchers analyzed data collected between January 1991 and December 2011 on the incidence of injuries to babies and toddlers from nursery products such as cribs, baby carriers, strollers and baby walkers. A new USA study is warning that every eight minutes, a baby is being treated in hospital for a nursery-related injury.
The study found 20 percent of injuries were from baby carriers, 19 percent from cribs and mattresses, and 17 percent were from strollers. Then, manufactures responded, widening baby walkers and changing wheels, making it more hard for children to roll down the stairs. And researchers say injury rates are on the rise.
But, in the last eight years of the study period, the number of nursery product-related injuries steadily increased, rising by 23.7 per cent.
"Most of the injuries happen when the kids fall from the products, " said Tracy Mehan with Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Cribs and mattresses accounted for nearly as many, at 19 per cent, while strollers and carriages accounted for 17 per cent of the injuries.
Before bringing home their new bundle of joy, most parents take steps to ensure the nursery is filled with only the safest and most reliable products.
The majority of injuries were to babies' heads, faces and necks.
The Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital works globally to reduce injury-related pediatric death and disabilities.
The study authors note that nursery products are recalled more often than any other children's product category, And yet, many parents are unaware of these recalls.
"Up to 80 percent of children's products remain in consumer households after a recall", added Dr. Gary Smith of Nationwide Children's Hospital.
"It is unacceptable that we are still seeing so many injuries to young children from these products", he said in a statement.
When you bring a new product into your home, make sure to register your purchase with the manufacturer.
There are some things families can do to help keep their children safer while using these products. There's usually a postcard that comes with the product or the packaging might direct you to complete a form on the manufacturer's website.
Researchers recommend parents and caregivers research products before buying, check for recalls on baby products, register baby products and read the instruction manual. That way, if it's recalled, you'll be notified immediately.