Parents of young children use nursery products daily but these products are associated with injury more often than you might think.
A new report shows that injuries related to nursery products such as cribs and baby carriers are on the rise, and that the items are recalled more than any other children's product category.
Eighty percent of the injuries were caused by a child falling, and injuries were most commonly associated with baby carriers, followed closely by cribs/mattresses, and strollers. Then, manufactures responded, widening baby walkers and changing wheels, making it more hard for children to roll down the stairs. Used products could be worn out and weak, according to the researcher.
Approximately 66,000 children age 3 and under are treated in the emergency room for nursery-product related injuries each year, and researchers say that number has been steadily increasing in recent years.
"We have achieved great success in preventing baby walker-related injuries by improving the design of the product and instituting better safety standards" said Gary Smith, MD, DrPH, the senior author of the study and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Cribs and mattresses accounted for nearly as many, at 19 per cent, while strollers and carriages accounted for 17 per cent of the injuries. The majority of the injuries were to the head, face or neck (81 per cent).
Read the manual. To reduce the risk of injury to your child, make sure you learn how the product works.
Research: Before bringing a new nursery product into your home, go online and look at product reviews and information from trusted organizations. (Parents can also sign up for recall email alerts on the site.) Up to 80% of recalled children's products aren't returned, said Smith in a release. "We know here in Canada over the last 10 years, we've seen about 37 deaths related to unsafe cribs so some of the issues and messaging that parents need to be aware about is important", he told Global News.
Register your product: When you bring a new product home, register your purchase with the manufacturer. Mehan said use the four "Rs": Research, check for recalls, register the product and read the manuals (from front to back). This will ensure you're notified if the product is recalled. With baby products, there's usually a postcard with the packaging or you can register on the company's website.