Proper Use the Key to Safety, Experts Say
Parents may think their tots are safely secured when they are in a high chair, but according to a recently published study, this is not always the case.
The report by Clinical Pediatrics magazine reveals that every year, about 9,400 young children in the U.S. are injured by falling off high chairs. The study also showed that the rate of such injuries increased by a startling 22 percent from 2003 through 2010. The most common type of injury associated with high chairs were head injuries, followed by bumps or bruises and cuts. Fox News Report on Injuries
In most cases the injuries are preventable. Doctors warn that children in high chairs can be harmed if a chair is not used properly. In fact many parents and caregivers are not strapping in children correctly — and need to make sure they use the high chair’s restraining system properly. Tracy Mehan, a child safety expert and research manager at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, says there are many ways parents and caregivers can ensure their child’s high chair is safe.
Start by looking for a sticker on the back of the chair, or on the product box or brochure, from either JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) or ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), which means the product has been approved for safety standards. Today Report on Injury Study
Other tips to prevent high chair/booster seat injuries from Mehan:
Also, consumers can review recall lists for high chairs and booster seats at www.recalls.gov