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ERIC Number: ED306024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Hazard Patterns and Injury Prevention with Infant Walkers and Strollers.
Wishon, Phillip M.; And Others
Mindful of the potential hazards associated with products intended for young children, this article examines pediatric accidents involving strollers and walkers. According to the latest figures available from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System of the United States (NEISS), more than 11,800 stroller injuries in 1987 were serious enough to require treatment in hospital emergency facilities. Approximately 10,300 of these injuries were suffered by children less than 4 years of age. Again, according to NEISS, more than 20,700 walker injuries in 1987 required emergency treatment. Almost all of the victims were children under 2 years of age. Results of research on walker-related injuries suggest that at least 36 percent of all children using walkers experience a fall while using them. While many of these mostly preventable accidents result in subclinical injuries that are not reported, when injuries do occur, head trauma is the most frequent. Discussion gives emphasis to prevention and recommendations are offered for the safe utilization of these devices. It is concluded that increased caregiver awareness of the need for safety precautions in the child-care environment could reduce the frequency of stroller- and walker-related accidents, and information on the safe use of these products should be incorporated into the standard information regarding accident prevention that might be made available to staff and parents. (RH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A