Baby items such as bottles, pacifiers linked to thousands of injuries

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that research “in the journal Pediatrics highlight[s] several under-recognized causes of injury in young children: bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups, which cause thousands of injuries to the mouth and teeth every year, often when toddlers topple over while holding them in their mouths.”

The Washington Post “The Checkup” blog reports that researchers found that over a 20-year period, “more than 45,000 young children had sustained injuries” linked to baby items such as bottles, sippy cups, and pacifiers that were “serious enough to warrant emergency-room treatment.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, “Some 83 percent of the wounds were cuts or bruises to the mouth and face or dental injuries after children fell while using the products. Two-thirds of the injuries occurred among one-year-olds, who tend to be unsteady on their feet and prone to tumbles.”

The CNN “The Chart” blog reports, “One in five (19.9%) injured children had a pacifier in their mouth, and in 14.3% of the cases, a sippy cup was involved.”

MedPage Today points out, “This study is the first to use a nationally representative sample to examine injuries associated with these products, the authors stated.”

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