Parents put a lot of faith in the makers of baby products. We trust that items used to carry, feed and soothe our infants will be manufactured with the utmost care and to the highest standards. Unfortunately, as a recent Reuters Health report reveals, that may not always be the case.
A new study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy concluded a child under the age of 3 is injured every eight minutes as a result of accidents related to baby products, such as high chairs, carriers, strollers, walkers and cribs. On average, that means there are 66,000 injuries a year – and that figure only counts the children whose injuries landed them in the hospital emergency department. The report, recently published in the journal Pediatrics, indicates roughly four out of five of these cases can be attributed to falls.
What many are likely to find so troubling about this report is the fact that in 2017, with all our quality control standards and federal regulation, we are still having so many infant product injuries. Many of these incidents are head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries. In fact, this is the No. 1 reason young children wind up hospitalized for product-related injuries. Continue reading