Are we really doing our homework and thorough research when it comes to buying baby gear? A survey reveals a sharp increase in accidents at a rate of 8 per minute. Children under three have accidents with strollers carriers cribs and walkers. I am a health and safety freak when it comes to children and toddlers. See my blog post on How Safe is your Child at Home?
This amounts to 66,000 injuries per year ad that is only the infants and toddlers who end up in the emergency room. A Paediatric report claims that Injuries are increasing and that four in five toddlers have fallen.
Dr Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, is surprised to find that many children are encountering serious injuries related to nursery products ending in a visit to the hospital
Smith states that head injuries seem to be the main issue which has seen a steady stream of visits to the emergency dept.
Baby carriers were responsible for almost 20 percent of accidents. These happened when parents did not follow the proper procedure of the use of buckles and safety straps. Parents were careless or negligent by placing a baby on a table or high surface instead of the floor.
Cribs and mattresses
Cribs and mattresses were second on the list it accounted for 19 percent of injuries.In 2011 drop-side cribs were banned as a result of the high rate of injury linked to moving parts of the crib.
Doctors warned parents to avoid soft crib bumpers. Pillows blankets soft bedding stuffed animals could cause suffocation and other injuries as can ill-fitting or soft mattresses.
Push Chairs and Strollers
Parents need to be more aware of safety issues surrounding the stroller by using buckling up and using straps to keep their infant safe and secure.
To reduce the odds of strollers falling over, store bags underneath the pram instead of tying them to the handles or hanging the bags on the back the pram. Wider wheelbases are safer. Parents should use wheel locks to keep strollers in place when the pram is stationary.
I admit I was one of those Dads who flew down the hill with three kids, one sitting in the stroller one standing on the pram bar and another strapped to my chest in a baby carrier and shopping tied to both handles. What was I thinking? Read my blog
Toys, for example, walkers, jumpers exercises made up 16 percent of accidents in the report. There was a decline in accidents during the earlier years of research because walkers were safer to use according to Smith.
The ExerSaucer a stationary activity centre has come on the market – it does the same thing a baby walker except it has no wheels and is a safer alternative.
The study, however, was found to be limited in that it only observed emergency visits to the hospital underestimating the total number of injuries.There was insufficient data to corroborate the cause of the injuries.
Dr Elizabeth Powell a paediatrics researcher at Northwestern University in Chicago affirms that when used properly, carriers don’t pose a problem unless there is negligence by parents who don’t follow safety procedure.
Dr. Tanya Altmann, founder of Calabasas Pediatrics in California and a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles had this to say
‘I see more and more parents at the park or out and about with their babies, not interacting with their babies but with their face in their phone,’ Altmann, who wasn’t involved in the study,a reaching or grabbing baby trying to get their parents’ attention is often when falls and accidents occur.’
Preventing baby and child accidents
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