Stroller accidents are the cause of more and more head injuries in children aged 5 and smaller, according to a new survey that was published in the Academic Pediatrics magazine.
The paper was based on data collected from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance program. According to the information, 361,000 children aged 5 and younger were involved in carrier or stroller accidents that sent them to the emergency room due to a resulting brain injury.
Around 50 children are brought in an Emergency Room on a daily basis due to unsafe stroller or carrier use. The cited study shows that more children are getting head injuries as a result of the devices, making them a paradox of baby safety.
According to the paper, in 1990 around one in five brain injuries or concussions were caused by baby carriers or strollers being used improperly. However, by 2010, the number skyrocketed, and now, it seems that 53 percent of carrier-related incidents and 42 percent of stroller accidents end up in a concussion or brain injury.
Researchers point out that the sudden rise in the number of treated head and brain injuries may not be necessarily linked to hazardous strollers or baby carriers, but rather to increased attention on the part of the ER personnel when it comes to head trauma.
The report shows that the majority of brain injuries happen when children younger than one year tip their stroller or carrier, falling to the ground. Due to the way in which the devices require the infant to be positioned, the face and head of the victim are usually the body parts that take the brunt.
Pediatricians declared that they often see accidents involving a carrier left on a soft surface like a bed or a table for “a couple of seconds” or children that were not properly wrapped in their stroller.
Lead author of the study, Kristin J. Roberts, advises parents to buckle their infants when placing them in the safety devices and keep the handles free of bags or other objects that might cause the stroller to tip.
Moreover, parents must always keep in mind that children have a tendency to do unpredictable things at any moment, so there are no “couple of seconds” when you can take your eyes off of them.
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