A lot of parents still ignore signs warning about the dangers of using strollers on escalators.
7. Putting the stroller on the escalator. It’s just dangerous. Instead, fold your stroller up and carry it while you ride, or better yet, take an elevator. Source: mom.me
There are very real dangers to boarding strollers on escalators such as this story, where a small child fell from a stroller while on the escalator.
A 2006 study on Pediatrics regarding escalator injuries found that there were “disproportionate amount of escalator related injuries in children who were younger than 5 years of age.” … The study found that 6% of injuries in this age group were from a stroller, usually from falling out of the stroller. Source: PediatricsNow.com
Simply take the extra time to use the elevator with your stroller as opposed to the escalator.
Bouncers and car seats are not meant to be placed on these areas. Parents should not ignore the dangers of the common practice of …
8. Putting Bumbos, bouncers, and car seats on high surfaces. These items do not belong on high surfaces. There have been too many accidents related to falls. Instead, keep them on the floor where they belong. Source: mom.me
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported at least 28 incidents of babies falling out of Bumbo seats with three of the cases resulting in skull fractures. CPSC Senior spokesperson Julie Vallese said:
The reports of serious head injuries prompted the CPSC to announce a nationwide warning to consumers that have these — not to put these on elevated surfaces and be aware that children can climb out of them or they can tip over in these chairs.
One of the more serious incidents involving a Bumbo seat was baby Dylan Lamm.
Dylan had arched his back and tilted the Bumbo Seat, causing him to fall backwards and onto the kitchen floor. His skull cracked in two places. An emergency surgery saved Dylan’s life, leaving a long scar on his head.
Buckling up a child in a car is important. Unfortunately some parents do not strictly adhere to such practice at home. A study found that about 24 children a day are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for high chair-related injuries.
9. Not buckling kiddos into strollers, high chairs, etc. Even if it seems unnecessary, always buckle your child into these things. Every year, there are countless accidents because children are not properly buckled in. Source: mom.me
A study by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital examined U.S. Emergency Department data pertaining to treatment of children ages 3 years and younger and found that:
On average, more than 9,400 children were treated each year for an injury associated with a high chair or booster seat, equaling one child every hour nationally. In addition, the annual number of injured children increased during the study period. Source: NationwideChildrens.org
You will be surprised that some parents remain complacent or naive about their homes when it comes to safety. It is really important that you baby proof your home to keep your child safe as unintentional injury is one of the top killers of children in the U.S.
10. Not babyproofing. Cover your outlets. Lock cabinets. Gate your stairs. Remove anything that could cause strangulation. Put medicines and cleaning supplies and other harmful substances far out of baby’s reach. Source: mom.me
Believe it or not, your home can be one of the biggest threats to your child’s safety. Child safety experts agree that baby proofing your home gives your baby a safe environment to play and explore while preventing potential serious injuries.
Experts say that children between the ages of 1 and 4 are more likely to be killed by fire, burns, drowning, choking, poisoning, or falls than by a stranger’s violence … About 2.3 million children are accidentally injured every year and more than 2,500 are killed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Source: BabyCenter.com
Just don’t take baby proofing for granted. It should only take you several hours in total. By doing so, you’ll have peace of mind and a home that is safe for your baby.
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So which of these things are you guilty of doing?