ERs treating 2 kids per hour for stroller injuries, study says

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WLS) -- In the last 21 years, more than 360,000 children were treated for stroller injuries at emergency rooms across the country, a new study said. That's about two kids per hour.

Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital found more than half of the children injured were less than a year old.

The most common injuries occurred when a child fell from a stroller or when the stroller tipped over, the study said.

Researchers also found the proportion of stroller-related traumatic brain injuries doubled during the study, from 19.2 percent in 1990 to 41.8 percent in 2010.

To avoid accidents, parents should always follow the safety guidelines, check for recalls, resist the urge to overload a stroller with their belongings, refrain from allowing small siblings to push a stroller and make sure travel systems with carriers are locked in.