Stroller Injuries: 17,000 Babies Hurt Each Year
The statistics are alarming: a recent study showed that, in the United States, an average of two children every hour are brought to the emergency room for injuries sustained in a stroller or infant carrier. From 1990 to 2010, that’s more than 360,000 children under the age of 5.
Many of these injuries occurred when the stroller or carrier tipped over or the child fell out. Most were tissue injuries like bumps and bruises, but concussions and traumatic brain injuries also were reported. In fact, serious head injuries increased during the study period—from 19 percent in 1990 to 42 percent in 2010 for stroller injuries, and from 18 percent in 1990 to 53 percent in 2010 for infant carrier injuries.
Most children were treated and released, but about 7 percent of babies with carrier-related injuries and 2 percent of children with stroller-related injuries were hospitalized. Researchers recommend parents and caregivers follow safety instructions closely for all infant and child products, including strollers and carriers.
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