If you have a baby or toddler at home, listen up. A new report is out on the dangers of high chairs, and the news is not good.
According to a story from Reuters Health, every hour, on average, a child ends up in a U.S. emergency room with an injury associated with a high chair. And the risk seems to be increasing.
The most common injuries associated with high chairs were so-called “closed-head injuries,” such as concussions. Those were followed by cuts and bruises.
Dr. Gary Smith of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio was the study's senior author. He says "one of the things we need to be aware of is a high chair elevates a child above what a typical chair—and they are often used in dining areas with hard floors."
Hospital records show that two thirds of the kids injured were either climbing or standing in their high chairs.
Dr. Smith says "The restraining systems are there for a reason. The tray won't keep a child in a chair. The restraints must be used and used correctly."
The biggest danger is when kids aren't strapped in properly.
One of Dr. Smith’s colleagues, Tracy Mehan, says, "The important thing is the crotch strap. You want to make sure that this strap is here because it helps keep the child in the chair so they don't slide out from underneath.
By the way, the researchers found that more than 3.4 million high chairs had been recalled since 2008 due to faulty designs.
You can check to see if your child’s highchair has been recalled by going to: www.recalls.gov I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.