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Shopping Carts Are Hazardous to Children

It’s hard to believe this number, but in the past 20 years there has been over half a million children injured in shopping cart related accidents. 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 a whopping 66 children injured each day. This study was released by The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Shopping Carts - Child Hazards

Shopping Carts – Child Hazards

You may be thinking that the injuries are due to Jackass like antics of teenage boys but the numbers beg to differ. The statistics are based off of children under the age of 15.

This study found that most of the injuries were caused by head injury which makes up 78.1 percent of injuries, soft tissue injury was the most common kind of head injury over the study period, but the number of concussions and internal head injuries increased steadily between 1990 and 2011, increasing from 3,483 injuries to 12,333 injuries.

The website Parents for Safer Shopping Carts advocates the use of safe docks to ensure that your child is safe while you’re shopping.

Often times the things we least expect can injure us the most. That’s why it’s important to stay vigilant and to keep up to date with the latest recalls. You can view a monthly list at Safekids.org.

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