HOUSTON — Our children might not be as safe as we thought in the coziness of their strolls.
A recent study showed between 1990 and 2010, more than 360,000 children under the age of 5 were hospitalized with injuries from strollers or car carriers.
“The biggest culprit is the misuse of products," salesperson Jamie Reyes of Baby's and Kid's 1st Furniture said. "Just not understanding the limits, or just not understanding what the ideal use for that product is.”
According to the study, there are almost three toddlers hospitalized every hour with 87 percent of injuries being to the head or face.
“I don’t think parents should be afraid to use the products they have. I think it’s more of an eyeopener to make them realize that it’s more important to use the products you have. It’s like any other tool. If you have tools and you misuse them, they’re not going to work properly or you run the risk of getting yourself injured," Reyes said.
So what do we need to do about this?
“You want to make sure that your stroller is in good condition, you want to make sure you don’t exceed the limits of the stroller, and you want to understand how the stroller works. How to properly use it and where to take it,” Reyes said. “Take that stroller with you only places where it’s designed to go. You don’t want to jog with your umbrella stroller. Things like that. You’re just going to put your baby at a greater risk for injury."
For more information on how to properly use strollers, car carriers and car seats visit Baby's and Kid's first furniture.