More than 9,000 children under the age of 3 visit the emergency room each year as a result of falls, pinches, cuts and other high chair-related injuries. That’s one injury each hour. According to a recent study posted in the journal of Clinical Pediatrics, researchers have concluded that parents aren’t properly using, or using at all, child safety restraints to protect their children. Researchers also found that chairs aren’t meeting current safety standards, according to Daily News.
And the number of injuries is on the rise. According to recent data, there has been an increase in the number of E.R. visits resulting from high chair-related injuries by more than 20 percent from 2003 to 2010. The researchers found that high chair/booster chair injuries rose from 8,926 in 2003 to 10,930 in 2010.
Our Fort Myers child injury attorneys understand that 90 percent of these high chair-related accidents affect a child’s face and head. Less than 3 percent of the injuries were deemed minor and didn’t require hospital admission. While officials have not yet been able to pinpoint the drivers in the increase in accidents, a deeper look into the accident reports indicates that, in many cases, the high chairs’ safety features did not appear to have been used by parents or guardians. So children were allowed to slide or stand in the chairs, then fall or jump from them. It was not very often that reports indicated that restraints or straps were used.