High chair-related injuries on the rise

The Los Angeles Times reports that, according to a study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, the number of youngsters who visited the emergency department due to high chair-related injuries “increased 22% from 2003 to 2010.” A full 93% of such injuries resulted when the kids fell out of the high chairs, the study found. Most of the time, the children landed on wood or hard tile floors.

The New York Daily News reported that each year, some 9,400 youngsters “aged 3 years and under – an average of one every hour – suffer falls, cuts, pinches and other injuries from high chairs.” Researchers arrived at these conclusions after analyzing “data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, a database operated by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.”

The Columbus (OH) Dispatch reported, “Parents with highchairs in the house should make sure the seat hasn’t been recalled and be vigilant about strapping their kids in and keeping an eye on them,” according to children’s safety advocates. The study found that in the majority of cases in which circumstances surrounding the accident were known, “the children were climbing or standing on the chair.”

I tell parents that the top three things you can do to prevent high chair injuries is (1) use the restraint system in the chair, (2) use the restraint system, and (3) use the restraint system … every time … NO EXCEPTIONS!