Be careful when you plunk your youngster into a shopping cart on your next trip to the grocery store. New U.S. research finds that one child winds up in the emergency room every 22 minutes because of an injury related to shopping carts.
The Huffington Post reports that the research, published in Clinical Pediatrics, suggests that “more than 24,000 children go to the emergency department [ED]” annually due to “injuries related to shopping carts.”
Researchers found that “between 1990 and 2011, 530,494” kids went “to the hospital because of a shopping cart-related injury – which averages out to more than 24,000 children injured a year, or 66 children injured” daily.
On its website, NBC News reports that children aged “newborn to 4 accounted for nearly 85 percent of the injuries.”
The data indicated that “more than 70 percent of” the injuries were “caused by falls out of shopping carts, followed by running into a cart or carts tipping over.”
According to HealthFinder, “The head was the area of the body most often injured in shopping cart accidents, at 78 percent. Soft tissue injuries were the most common type of head injury, but the annual rate of concussions and internal head injuries rose by more than 200 percent during the study period, from 3,483 in 1990 to 12,333 in 2011. Most of this increase occurred in infants and toddlers.”