Shopping carts are convenient for carrying both children and groceries. But despite the convenience, a study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital points out shopping carts could mean danger.
Published in Clinical Pediatrics, the study looked at emergency room data for children treated for shopping cart injuries from 1990 through 2011. Findings of the study include:
- About 24,000 children are injured each year by shopping carts. This works out to more than 60 children injured each day in the United States.
- Despite voluntary safety standards, the number of injuries each year continues to rise.
- Head injuries caused by shopping cart falls and bumps are the most common complaint. The rate of closed head injuries and concussions rose 200 percent during the term of the study.
- After head injuries, soft tissue and entrapment injuries are common when children suffer lacerations or get a finger, foot, or hand caught in a cart.
Notes Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, “The findings from our study show that the current voluntary standards for shopping cart safety are not adequate.Not only have the overall number of child injuries associated with shopping carts not decreased since implementation of the safety standards, but the number of concussions and closed head injuries is actually increasing.”
The study suggests shopping cart design be revisited to locate children closer to the ground. Until then, if possible, try to leave your children at home when you shop.
For busy parents, finding a caregiver when you need to make a trip to the store is difficult. If you put your child in a shopping cart, use the restraint properly. If your child is injured in Dallas, seek skilled Dallas Personal Injury Attorney.