Is Your Baby in Danger When in a High Chair?
Parents beware: high chairs are no longer as safe as they may appear.
In fact, with each year that passes by, 9,400 little ones are injured in their high chairs every year. Doctors are providing parents with warnings that while high chairs are perceived as safe, children sitting in them can be seriously harmed if and when the chairs are not used properly.
The new study revealing this information also inquired that the rate has increased by 22 percent between the years of 2003 and 2010. That is nearly a quarter increase over less than half of a decade-- something that need not be taken lightly, as the most common injury via high-chair is that of the head.
With head injuries as the most common result of high-chair accidents, the next most common is a collective result of cuts, bruises, and bumps amongst children of age three and younger. The study only counted those who were treated in U.S. emergency departments, as published in the Clinical Pediatrics journal on December 9.
"Maybe even more concerning, the rate of head injuries has increased by almost 90 percent between 2003 and 2010, and I think it begs the question, what's going on?" said Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
The startling realization that almost all of these high-chair injuries resulted in falls from high chairs or booster seats. Most children who fell did so while trying to climb or having climbed and then stood on on the chair. These details provide evidence that the chair's safety restraint system was not being used by the parents or caregiver at the time of the injury, or the system is faulty.
"We know that over the recent years, millions of chairs have been recalled in the U.S. because of not meeting safety standards," said Dr. Smith. "Usually, a very low percentage of recalled products are actually returned."
The doctor urged parents to check the website for the federal government's Consumer Product Safety Commission for product recalls. When traditional and children's chairs were brought into the study, a total of more than 40,000 injuries ensued in one year of the study. This means four children per hour are injured while using a chair. Broken bones, cuts, and bruises are the most likely injuries for traditional chairs.