Study: A baby is injured using a nursery product every 8 minutes
Every eight minutes, a child under 3 is injured in an accident involving baby products, such as carriers, crib bedding and strollers, a new study finds.
That’s more than 66,000 children younger than three who go to the emergency room annually because of these injuries.
A Nationwide Children’s Hospital study published in the Pediatrics journal looked at emergency room visits over a 21-year period, January 1991 through December 2011. Research showed nursery product-related injuries increased nearly 25% within the last eight years of the study.
The most common injuries occurred with baby carriers (20%), cribs/mattresses (19%) and strollers (17%). Eighty-one percent of the injuries affected the head, face or neck.
“We were surprised at how many injuries were still happening,” said Tracy Mehan, manager of translational research at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where the research was performed. “One every eight minutes for products that families use every day — that’s a lot.”
According to Mehan, the point of the study wasn’t to point a finger at parents, but rather manufacturers.
“If the products had a different design that made them easier to use, there would be less injury,” Mehan said.
The product most often associated with injuries: baby carriers.The majority of injuries occur when kids fall out of baby carriers because they weren’t properly restrained, or when the product malfunctions. Parents should always buckle children into their stroller or carrier, to keep stroller handles clear of bags (which could cause tipping), to make sure a product is appropriate for a child’s age and size, and to check for product recalls regularly.
Nearly half of the infant crib deaths and two-thirds of bassinet deaths reported to CPSC each year are suffocations caused by pillows, thick quilts and/or overcrowding in the baby’s sleeping space. That doesn’t mean letting babies freeze; experts recommend safe sleepwear including one-piece sleepers, and keeping the room at a comfortable temperature.
How To Ensure Product Safety
According to researchers, there are a few ways parents can ensure the items they use are safe, and that they are being used properly.
Research: Before making a purchase, do as much product research as possible. Find out what experts are saying about the product, and whether or not there have been issues with the product in the past.
Recalls: Always be checking for recalls on the products you are using. Visit www.recalls.gov for up-to-date recall information.
Register: Register your product. By doing so, you are providing the manufacturers with you contact information, ensuring you will be contacted if a safety issue or recall arises.
Read: Read all product manuals from front to back. These publications contain very important product information.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
There are many laws and regulations in place for how products should work and fulfill expectations. If the product does not work as advertised, but instead causes injury or even wrongful death, our firm can provide assistance as soon as you contact our office. We have substantial experience with product liability cases, which is the liability of distributors, suppliers, and manufacturers for defective products. When a consumer is unfortunate enough to be the user of a defective product, great danger can, and does, result.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed because of a defective product, please contact our firm at your earliest convenience.
- Written by Jill Fowler