Monday, August 22, 2016

TBIs accounted for significant number of hospitalizations

Most injuries occurred as a result of children falling from the stroller or carrier, at 67 percent and 63 percent, respectively. Sixteen percent of stroller and 29 percent of carrier injuries occurred when the product tipped over.

The head (43 percent stroller, 62 percent carrier) and face (31 percent stroller, 25 percent carrier) were the most frequently injured parts of the body.

"While these products are used safely by families every day, when injuries do occur they can be quite serious," says study author Kristi Roberts, research associate in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's.

"The majority of injuries we saw were head injuries which is scary considering the fact that traumatic brain injuries and concussions in young children may have long-term consequences on cognitive development," she adds.

Most children are sent home after receiving treatment in the emergency room post-injury. However, 7 percent of children with injuries from carriers and 2 percent of children with stroller-related injuries were hospitalized.

TBIs accounted for 65 percent of stroller-related and 79 percent of carrier-related hospitalizations.

"As parents, we place our most precious cargo in strollers and carriers every day," says Roberts. "By taking a few simple steps like making sure your child is buckled up every time he is in his stroller or carrier and being aware of things that can cause these products to tip over can help prevent many of these injuries."

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