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Why most child injuries happen before age 3 and in the nursery

A new study from the National Children's Hospital suggests that every eight minutes in this county, a new child, age three or under is rushed to the emergency room. As for why this occurs, The Center for Injury Research and Policy says it's related to an injury they suffer from any number of products in their nursery. This type of injury accounts for more than 66,000 child injures each year.

The authors of the study, which was published in the medical journal Pediatrics in March of 2017, analyzed data that was compiled during a 21-year period between 1991 and 2011. Data collected during the early years of the study showed a multi-year decline in nursery-related injuries due to improved baby walker manufacturing. However, beginning in 2003, the researchers noted an emergence of other injuries.

By 2011, nursery-related child injuries had reached as high as 23.7 percent. Researchers were able to attribute these newfound injuries to three prime childcare products: baby carriers, mattresses or cribs and baby strollers. Of the injuries kids suffered that year, 88 percent happened in the home and at least 81 percent of these injuries affected the child's face, head or neck.

Given that the study's authors blame poor product design for many of these injuries, they suggest that increasing safety standards could result in a significant deduction in incidence rates. Even if that were to be implemented, the researchers argue this wouldn't take the place of increased vigilance among parents though.

One of the best ways parents can do their part to reduce their child's risk of injury is by implementing the "4 Rs." Parents should not only research the item before making the purchase, but check for recalls as well.

Registering the product with the manufacturer can make it easier for manufacturers to communicate with consumers about potential safety concerns. Parents should read the manual that accompanies the item to ensure that they are using the product as intended as well.

Even in cases in which parents thoroughly research a purchase and use it properly, injuries do occur. When they do, it's important to first seek out medical treatment for your child. After doing so, you should consult with a Waco products liability attorney. He or she can advise you of your rights to recovering damages for medical bills and other expenses in your case.

Source: nationwidechildrens.org, "Nursery product-related injuries on the rise among young children," accessed May 16, 2017

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