Baby injuries associated with nursery products like carriers, strollers and cribs are on the rise, a study shows.
The study found a 23.7 percent increase in injuries to young children related to nursery products between 2003 and 2011.
Overall, the injuries in the study weren’t associated with one particular product:
- 19.5% were associated with baby carriers, with seat-type carriers most likely to be implicated in injuries.
- 18.6% were associated with cribs or mattresses
- 16.5% were associated with strollers
- 16.2% were associated with walkers, jumpers or exercisers
The numbers came from a public database of emergency department records across the United States. Researchers ultimately looked at 48,653 cases of patients younger than three years between 1991 to 2011.
Based on these cases, researchers estimate that a child 3 years old or younger is treated in a United States emergency department for a nursery-product-related injury every eight minutes.
The increase in injuries calls for changes in both how caregivers are using baby products and in the design of the products. For parents and caregivers, the authors suggest following the “four Rs” to keep their kids safe:
- Research the product
- check for Recalls
- Register the product
- Read the manual
Typically, a product recall will be put into place by the government or by the manufacturer if it becomes aware of a safety issue — like these recent nursery product recalls:
- Summer Infant bathtub because it has a drowning risk
- Chimparoo Baby Carrier which puts children at risk of falling
While recalls and studies like this do help protect children they are sadly sometimes too late. If your child has been injured as a result of a recalled or dangerous product call our experienced baby product liability attorneys at The Pisanchyn Law Firm for your free consultation at 1-800-44-5309. You could be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer, the retailer, or even the wholesaler.