Is mealtime becoming more dangerous? It may be, for your baby—and the reason may not sit well with you.
The number of children going to the emergency room because of high chair injuries has risen over twenty percent in the last seven years. Many kids suffered head injuries including concussions and internal trauma.
Is it time to write high chair manufacturers or demand better safety standards? Nope. It’s time to look in the mirror mom and dad. The majority of injuries occurred when kids were standing in their chairs or climbing out of them. They weren’t properly supervised or strapped in.
Fortunately, there’s a simple rule parents can follow, which reduces the vast majority of infant injury. Any high chair worth dining at should have a restraint system. So treat your high chair like you would a car seat—and buckle up.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- High chair-related injuries on the rise
- Group lists child car safety seats containing most and least hazardous chemicals
- Seatbelt Safety
- Most parents fail to follow child car seat guidelines
- Research says devices intended to save children in hot vehicles are unreliable
- Small magnets hazardous to children
- When buying toys, for kids’ sake, think toy safety
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