Nursery product-related injuries on the rise among young children

Mar 14, 2017, 00:38
Nursery product-related injuries on the rise among young children

In eighty percent of the injury cases, the baby fell out of the product.

And more effort is needed to make nursery products safer, say experts.

"In the last eight years of the study, injuries increased nearly 25 percent, and a lot of them were concussions or other head injuries, which can be very serious in young children", Mehan said.

In the meantime, there are ways parents can ensure their items are safe, and they are safely using them. "We now need to aggressively apply this approach to other nursery products".

The products that caused the most injuries were baby carriers (which accounted for about 19 percent of injuries), cribs and mattresses (18 percent), strollers and carriages (16 percent), and baby walkers, jumpers, or exercisers (16 percent). "And 80 percent of the injuries are to the head, face or neck, so these can be pretty serious".

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A new study published online today in the journal Pediatrics finds injuries to young children associated with nursery products happen at an alarming rate and the problem is only getting worse.

Check for recalls: Look at Health Canada's database and search the products you're thinking of bringing home to see if they've been recalled. Resources such as HealthyChildren.org, MakeSafeHappen, and cpsc.gov will have the newest research and most up-to-date recommendations.

The report also stated that a new recall for nursery products is issued about every two weeks.

Mehan said that in addition to manufacturers making improvements, parents who are not purchasing newer products should be especially careful as safety standards are often improved. "But taking a few minutes and look at [the manual] to see how [the product] works, where to use it and confirming the it's the right one for your child's age and size can prevent mishaps". Mehan said use the four "Rs": Research, check for recalls, register the product and read the manuals (from front to back). While you are there, sign up to receive alerts about future recalls, the study authors recommend. 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. Read the manual to learn when to lock it, when to buckle, where to use it, and where not to use it.

Data for this study were obtained from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), which is operated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.