9,400 kids injured in high chairs every year

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source: foxnews.com

“Parents should pay attention to their children closely when they are in high chair,” said Dr. Gary Smith, Director of the Center of Injury research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Every year about 9,400 young children are injured in the United States because they fall off of high chairs according to foxnews.com.

“We know that over the recent years, millions of chairs have been recalled in the United States because of not meeting safety standards.  Although, a very low percentage of recalled products are actually returned,” said Dr. Smith.

Several studies showed that injuries have increased 22 percent, from 2003 to 2010. Head injuries were the most common type of injury associated with high chairs, followed by bumps or bruises and cuts, according to the study.

Nearly all injuries associated with high chairs or booster seats involved falls. Most children fell as they were climbing or standing on the chair, suggesting that the chair’s safety restraint system was either not being used, or faulty, said researchers according tofoxnews.com

Dr. Smith explained the dilemma, “Kids were not adequately restrained in the chair or not restrained at all,” he said. “We don’t want to be alarmist. We just want to let parents know that here is an injury that is on the rise, and there is a way to prevent.” Smith suggests that parents stay with their children during meal time in order to avoid injuries according to latimes.com.

Dr. Smith also suggested keeping small items away in case if children want to reach out and grab it. Also, Dr. Smith suggests that parents should check the website of the federal government’s Consumer Product Safety Commission for product recall, latimes.com reported.