Are your nursery products safe for your children?
A new study found that every eight minutes a child is injured in an accident involving baby products like carriers, crib bedding, and strollers. That means approximately 66,000 injuries occur a A study by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, indicates this number continues to grow.
Since January 1991, researchers have looked closely at nursery product related injuries. Baby carriers caused the most injuries (20%) followed by cribs and mattresses (19%) and strollers and carriages (17%). Most of the injuries happened at home and about 80% of the time they involved falls. In the last 8 years of the study, nursery product-related injuries steadily increased, rising by nearly 25 percent. “Many of the injuries associated with nursery products affect the head or face” said Tracy Mehan, MA. Mr Mehan is manager of translational research at the Center for Injury Research and Policy.
Using Safe Nursery Products
Multiple options exist for families to help keep their children safer when using baby products. Research suggest that parents and caregivers do their research, check for recalls, register the product and read the manual. Many parenting websites help provide the most up-to-date product information.
Parents should go to www.recalls.gov and search for product safety and recall information. A new recall for a nursery product occurs about every 2 weeks. The public fails to return approximately 80% of recalled items. When receiving a new product, make sure to register it with the manufacturer that way if and when it does get recalled, you will be notified. Lastly, make sure you read the manual to learn how the product works and how to handle it properly. Reading the manual also ensures that the product is the right one for your child’s age and size.
Families should also be mindful about reusing products that have been around for years. Tracy Mehan urges families to be extra cautious as products change beyond the regular wear and tear. She warns against using cribs made before June 2011 because of new safety standards. Car seats should also not be used if they are old or have been used before because the history of the product may affect its safety.