Did you know that every 22 minutes, a child is treated in an emergency department for a shopping cart related injury?
A study, conducted by researchers in the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, examined data relating to children younger than 15 years of age who were treated in U.S. emergency departments from 1990 – 2011 for an injury associated with a shopping cart. The study found that falls from the shopping cart accounted for most of the injuries at 70.4%, followed by running into/falling over the cart, cart tipovers and entrapment of extremities in the cart. “It is important for parents to understand that shopping carts can be a source of serious injury for their children,” explained Dr. Smith, a professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. “However, they can reduce the risk of injury by taking a few simple steps of precaution, such as always using the shopping cart safety belts if their child needs to ride in the cart.”
Other tips for preventing shopping cart related injuries include:
- Whenever possible, choose alternatives to placing your child in a shopping cart
- Always use the shopping cart safety straps. Be sure your child is snugly secured in the straps and that the child’s legs are placed through the leg openings. If parts of the cart restraint system are missing or are not working, choose another cart.
- Use a cart that has a child seat that is low to the ground, if one is available.
- Make sure our child remains seated
- Stay with your cart and your child at all times
- Avoid placing infant carriers on top of shopping carts. If your child is not old enough to sit upright by himself in the shopping cart seat, consider other options such as leaving your child at home with another adult while you are at the store, using in-store care areas, using a front or back carrier, or using a stroller.