Let’s keep our babies safe. The baby you save may be someone you know. Please share this with family and friends who have babies.
The next time you go to the grocery store or supermarket, look around you. Chances are you will find someone with their baby car seat on a shopping cart. Just the other day, I came across three different instances in a supermarket. The thing is, the supermarket carts had clear warning signs about not doing this, which were simply ignored.
Surely, it’s convenient. However, is it safe? It definitely is NOT. I’m sure someone is bound to say:
“I have always done that and nothing bad has ever happened. Besides, other people do it too so I don’t see anything wrong with it.”
Seriously? Is putting your baby in harm’s way a risk worth taking?
A study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has this to say:
Although a voluntary shopping cart safety standard was implemented in the United States in 2004, the overall number and rate of injuries to children associated with shopping carts have not decreased. In fact, the number and rate of concussions/closed head injuries have continued to climb …
Even the American Academy of Pediatrics highly recommends not to place baby car seats on shopping carts due to the potential dangers associated with the practice.
Below are the 6 top reasons why placing a car seat on a shopping cart is a bad idea.
6. Too many innocent children are getting injured. The unfortunate reality is that accidents involving car seats on shopping carts really do happen.
In fact, shopping carts are the leading cause of head injuries among young kids:
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), shopping carts are the leading cause of head injuries in young children – surpassing injuries from high chairs, strollers, changing tables, baby gates and other equipment. The CPSC estimates that about 16,000 children under the age of five fall out of shopping carts each year and nearly 1,000 of those injuries involve falling infant carriers. Source: GreenChildMagazine.com
Furthermore, the Huffington Post cited the following stats:
Between 1990 and 2011, 530,494 children had to go 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 each day.
This means that 1 child every 22 minutes is treated in an emergency department for injuries related to a shopping cart accident (Source: EurekaAlert.org). Furthermore, these injuries can be severe or even deadly. Most injuries, about 70.4%, are caused by falls from the cart or by the cart tipping over (Source: ScienceDaily.com).
The number of concussion-related injuries are significantly high. Most of these shopping cart injuries are unfortunately serious …
5. Head injuries accounted for 78.1% of the most commonly injured body region. Most of these head injuries were associated with children ages 0 to 4 years, in other words … infants and toddlers.
In fact, the number of head injuries has been increasing:
While soft tissue injuries were the most common diagnosis for these head injuries, the annual rate of concussions and closed head injuries (which are concussions and internal head injuries) increased significantly by more than 200% during the study period, with the number of these injuries going from 3,483 injuries in 1990 to 12,333 in 2011. Most of this increase was associated with children ages 0 to 4 years. Source: ScienceDaily.com
A lot of people think that car seats are designed also for the purpose of locking onto shopping carts. However … see next page …