It’s almost a sure thing that parents have used a nursery product in their homes at some point.
A newly released study finds it’s also a growing possibility that those products were somehow involved in a child being injured.
Study: 1.3 million kids treated for nursery product-related injuries
The Nationwide Children’s Hospital study released Monday sheds light on some alarming statistics dating back 20 years, in which time more than 1.3 million children were treated for nursery product-related injuries in U.S. emergency rooms.
We’re talking about children younger than 3 years old. More than half of those injuries happened in the child’s first year of life.
By the numbers
Here are some of the highlights from the study, which is being called the first of its kind, looking at injuries from 1991 through 2011.
- Almost 90 percent of injuries occurred at home, and 80 percent of injuries were due to a fall.
- There was an injury rate increase of 23.7 percent from 2003 to 2011. The increase is attributed to concussions and closed-head injuries.
- The median age of patients was 9.3 months.
- Baby carriers made up 19.5 percent of the injures. Cribs and mattress took up 18.6 percent, and strollers/carriages accounted for 16.5 percent.
A Nationwide Children’s Hospital researcher told USA TODAY that the purpose of the study was to motivate manufacturers to do better.
What parents can do
So, what can parents do to help lower those statistics? One of the big things in the study is that nursery products were the leading items recalled among children’s products from 2009 to 2012.
The study estimates that 80 percent of recalled children’s products remain in homes.
Parents can keep up with recalls by going to recalls.gov, which shows the latest and allows users to search for items.
The study also suggests parents focus on fall prevention methods, such as using harnesses and properly installing products.