Child safety is a top priority for parents and caregivers and, although most parents do their homework and use children’s products safety, in some situations, toys and other children’s products are defective or used incorrectly, which can result in serious injury and even death.
According to a new report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2011, 74,100 children younger than 5 suffered from a baby product injury that required a trip to the emergency department. Approximately 12,900 of those injuries were caused by a stroller, often involving a fall or strangulation.
The National Safety Council notes that parents and caregivers should ensure that the child meets proper height and weight requirements for his or her stroller. Moreover, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents and caregivers observe the following stroller safety tips:
- Securely fasten all toys and bumpers.
- Purchase a stroller that has brakes that are easy to operate and lock on two wheels.
- Make sure your child is not standing near the stroller when you open and close it to help prevent finger pinches.
- Ensure your stroller is in the locked position before placing your child inside it and always buckle the child in while riding in the stroller.
- Avoid hanging bags from the stroller’s handle.
- Never leave your child unattended in a stroller.
In addition to strollers, common injury-causing baby products include:
- Baby bathtubs. Babble reports that 80 percent of child drowning incidents from 2005 to 2009 occurred in the home, with half of the victims left in a bathtub alone or with another child.
- Baby slings. At least 13 deaths have been associated with improper baby-wearing, including 3 deaths in 2010 alone. Most of the babies who died in these unfortunate incidents were under four months of age and died as a result of suffocation. Parents and caregivers who choose to use a sling should make sure that the baby’s face is always visible without his or her chin tucked into the chest.
- Play yards. According to Babble, play yards have been involved in about 50 deaths and about 2,000 non-fatal incidents since November 2007 as a result of faulty side rails, inappropriate installation of bassinets and changing tables, unnecessary bedding, and a placement too close to windows or window cords.
- Toys with small pieces. Choking is the leading cause of toy-related deaths, and children under the age of 3 should not be allowed to play with anything that could pass through a toilet paper tube (the size of a 3-year-old’s throat).
- Baby monitors. In 2011, two children died after being strangled in the cords of their video monitors. Parents and caregivers should make sure that baby monitor cords are kept at least 3 feet from the child’s crib.
- Bumbo baby seat. Approximately 4 million Bumbo infant seats were recalled in 2012 due to dangerous risks of babies falling from the seat, suffering traumatic head injuries and other injuries as a result. Infants between 3 and 10 months have been known to suffer serious head injuries, including skull fractures and concussions, after falling from a Bumbo seat, whether on an elevated surface or on the floor.
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If your child was injured by a dangerous or defective product, do not hesitate to contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our compassionate Chicago personal injury lawyers.