Child Injuries Due to Nursery Products on the Rise, Says New Study

Most of the injuries are the result of a fall, usually from a carrier or crib

Child Injuries Due to Nursery Products on the Rise, Says New Study
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March 13, 2017

A new study out of Ohio's Nationwide Children's Hospital has found that more young children are being injured while using nursery items such as carriers, strollers, and cribs.

The researchers examined the number of children throughout the U.S. under age three who had to go to the emergency room as a result of such injuries.

"There's an average of 128 a day, or about one every eight minutes," said Tracy Meahn of the Center for Injury Research and Policy. "And the concerning thing is that these numbers are going up."

The scientists believe that the rise in injuries is a result of more awareness of concussions and head trauma.

Most of the injuries are related to a fall, usually from a baby carrier or crib.

Safety experts are reminding parents and caregivers to make sure that kids are strapped into such products well.

However, some products may contain a design flaw. This was the case for Brittany Gowday, whose baby carrier fell from her stroller and injured her daughter.

"At the time of course, I was beating myself up assuming that I didn't latch it in correctly, and come to find out I just in the past week received a recall," she said.

To search for items currently under recall, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.