According to a Nationwide Children’s Hospital study, each year, over 60,000 children under the age of 3 in North Carolina and the rest of the United States visit emergency rooms due to accidents involving nursery products. That amounts to approximately one accident every eight minutes.
The study examined emergency room visits that occurred over a span of 21 years from January 1991 through December 2011. The research found that there was almost a 25 percent increase in injuries related to nursery productsduring the final eight years of the study.
The types of nursery products examined for the study included bouncers, changing tables and baby walkers. An infant fell out of a baby product in 80 percent of the cases. The most common injuries occurred with baby carriers at 20 percent, cribs and mattresses at 19 percent and strollers at 17 percent. Neck, face and head injuries accounted for 81 percent of all injuries.
According to a researcher from the study, the intent of it was not to assign blame to parents but rather to the manufacturers of the nursery products. The researcher points out that there would have been a lower rate of injury if the products had different designs that made them easier to use.
There are a variety of ways parents can make sure that the nursery products they use are safe and being used correctly. They can research the products and check for recalls, register them and read the entire manual to prevent their children from becoming injured.
Parents whose children have sustained injuries due to defective nursery products may have legal recourse. A personal injury attorney may help them file lawsuits against the manufacturers for products liability. Financial compensation may be awarded if the maker of the product failed to provide sufficient instructions and warnings.