On average, more than 66,000 children were treated in U.S. emergency departments for nursery product-related injuries each year between 1991 and 2011.
The study, "Nursery Product-Related Injuries Treated in United States Emergency Departments," in the April 2017 issue of Pediatrics (published online March 13) examined childhood injuries associated with nursery products such as cribs/mattresses, strollers, carriers and walkers/exercisers.
The authors used data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System for the years 1991 through 2011. They found that while injuries declined initially from 1991 through 2003, due in part to successful injury prevention efforts around baby walkers, they steadily increased during the last eight years studied.
The most common nursery products associated with injury were:
Almost half (47.1%) of the injuries were to the head or neck, and 80% of the injuries were caused by a child falling.
The authors conclude that greater efforts are needed to prevent injuries associated with nursery products, especially baby carriers, cribs, and strollers. Prevention of falls and concussions associated with nursery products also deserves special attention.