Nearly 10,000 Babies Suffer Crib Injuries Yearly
CHICAGO (AP) - The first major analysis of crib and playpen accidents finds that almost 10,000 infants and toddlers are injured each year. The nationwide analysis of emergency room treatment for these injuries finds most were from falls in toddlers between ages 1 and 2. The children generally are old enough to try climbing out of a crib or playpen.
Researchers who studied 19 years of ER data say better prevention efforts are needed, but that recent safety measures including a ban on drop-side cribs likely will reduce those numbers. The study found a gradual decrease in the injury rate between 1990 and 2008. But overall an average of 26 infants daily were injured in crib-related accidents. The study is in the medical journal Pediatrics.
A House subcommittee hearing on consumer product safety issues Thursday is expected to include cribs.