Strollers are designed to make life with little ones easier! But if they are not used properly, they can cause injuries to those little ones!
Do you realize that approximately 2 children go to the Emergency Room EVERY HOUR because of an injury caused by a stroller or carrier?? Most injuries occur when a child falls from the stroller or the stroller tips over. One study reported that 25% of children injured in this manner suffer serious injuries such as concussions and brain injuries, which can have long term effects on brain development.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to choose a stroller that meets all safety standards. The best way to ensure this is to buy a stroller that was manufactured after 2014, and then register your stroller so that you will receive any safety alerts or recall notices that may be issued.
If you own a stroller that was made before 2014, you can check to see if it has ever been recalled at www.cpsc.gov. That's when the rules were updated to correct safety problems, such as hinges that could pinch or even cut off little fingers; wheels that broke or fell off; parking break failures; locking mechanism problems; seat belt restraint problems; or flimsy/easily broken products.
Parents....you can also take the following precautions to keep those precious little ones safe:
- Always use the harness straps as described in the stroller instructions
- Store heavy items like diaper bags and purses in the basket underneath...not hanging from the handlebars which could cause the stroller to tip over
- Always set the brake when the stroller is parked
- Follow weight and age limits in the instructions
- Do not put young infants to sleep at home in strollers because they could move into positions that might cause them to suffocate
For more tips on selecting a safe stroller, visit www.bit.ly/2dnvTRy.
(Adapted from AAP News Parent Plus November 2016)