Strollers and baby carriers are meant to keep kids safe and secure, but an average of 17,000 children are injured every year by one, researchers reported Monday.
It’s in part because they are so commonly used, but the survey found that over the past 21 years, almost 361,000 children ages five and younger were treated in emergency departments for injuries related to strollers or baby carriers.
he good news is that these injuries are decreasing, the team led by Erica Fowler at Nationwide Children’s Hospital reported.
“Stroller- and carrier-related injuries, specifically those resulting from falls from the product or tip-overs, are important sources of injury for children five years of age and younger,” they wrote in the journal Academic Pediatrics.
They looked at medical records on injuries and found that from 1990 to 2010, 360,937 young children were treated for stroller or carrier-related injuries.
About two thirds of the kids were hurt when they fell out of the devices.
A quarter of the stroller injuries were concussions or other traumatic brain injuries, and more than a third of the carrier-related injuries were as well, the team reported.
Most of the injuries were minor, but 7 percent of the kids hurt in or by falling from a carrier had to be hospitalized, the team found.