A new study out of Columbus shows an increase in the number of injuries associated with infant and toddler products.
Mike Foley reports.
Every 8 minutes in the U.S, a young child visits an emergency department for an injury related to a nursery product. That’s according to a study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. The study began in 1991 and analyzed more than two decades of data involving kids three years of age and younger. Researchers say they found a 25 percent increase in injuries during the last 8 years of the study. The most common injuries were with baby carriers, cribs, and strollers. Eighty eight percent of the injuries occurred in the home and 80 percent were due to a fall. Researchers recommend the 4 Rs – Research before making a purchase, Register the product, Read the manual, and monitor any Recalls. They’re especially urging more awareness on recalls, because they say recalled children’s products often remain in homes. The website recalls.gov has a number of useful resources, including a link to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The study is published online by Pediatrics.