Shopping Cart Injuries in Children Remain Common

In 1990 to 2011, an average of 66 children a day sustained serious injuries in and near shopping carts, according to a new study published online in Clinical Pediatrics.

Researchers studied children under the age of 15 and made estimates of injuries based on ER visits in 100 hospitals across the U.S. Most of the injuries were children under 4 who fell out of a shopping cart, and more than 90% of their injuries were to the head. Carts tipping over, running into or falling over the cart, and entrapment of extremities accounted for the rest of the damage.

80% of the injuries were to the head over all age groups, 14% were to upper extremities, and 6% to the lower extremities. In those 22 years, approximately 16,500 children were injured seriously enough to be admitted to a hospital.

Directory of the Center for Injury Research and Policy, Gary Smith, states that “the take-home message is that the [voluntary] standard [for shopping carts] can be strengthened and we can do much better. These injuries can be prevented.”

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