Study finds rise in nursery product-related injuries among young children

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.

As a result of this, there was a decline in injuries from 1991-2003, but after that, the injury rate began increasing again.

Emergency room trips related to nursery product injuries rose almost 24 percent between 2003 and 2011, but only one percent of those ER trips were blamed on product failures.

In the study, baby carriers accounted for more than half of injuries among babies younger than 6 months.

Research: Before bringing a new nursery product into your home, go online and look at product reviews and information from trusted organizations. Most of that drop was due to a decrease in injuries from baby walkers, which most retailers voluntarily stopped selling years ago.

"In the last eight years of the study, injuries increased nearly 25 percent, and majority were concussions or other head injuries, which can be very serious in young children", Mehan said.

Researchers from Nationwide Children's Hospital found that in the past eight years, nursery product-related injuries increased by around 25 percent. The sale of baby walkers was banned in Canada in 2004.

Before bringing home their new bundle of joy, most parents take steps to ensure the nursery is filled with only the safest and most reliable products. Scientists say parents and caregivers must adhere to the "4 R's" for safety: Research, check for Recalls, Register the product and Read the manual.

The study authors note that nursery products are recalled more often than any other children's product category, And yet, many parents are unaware of these recalls.

Used products could be worn out and weak, according to the researcher.

Before buying a product, Mehan says, check the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission website to see if it has been recalled.

Those statistics worry the study's senior author, Dr. Gary Smith, the director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio.

Read the manual: Comb through the product manual before you use it so you know how the product works, when to lock it, when to buckle, where to use it, and where not to use it.

  • Joanne Flowers