Tennessee parents may be alarmed to learn that an average of two American infants are injured every hour in accidents involving strollers and child carriers. Researchers from one of the nation's leading pediatric hospitals studied 20 years of federal accident data, and they discovered that more than 350,000 children were treated in emergency rooms between 1990 and 2010 after being injured while in a stroller or child carrier. More alarmingly, most of these children suffered the type of head injuries that can cause developmental problems later in life. The results of the research were published on Aug. 16 in Academic Pediatrics.
The vast majority of the injuries studied by researchers from Nationwide Children's Hospital were caused by strollers or child carriers tipping or falling. The children involved most commonly suffered head or neck injuries, and about a quarter of the children injured in stroller accidents and approximately a third of those injured while in child carriers suffered concussions or traumatic brain injuries.