Study- Children Injured by Common Products
“Educating parents and caregivers about the importance of transitioning their children away from these products at the ages recommended by the AAP and AAPD could prevent up to 80 percent of the injuries related to baby bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups,” study authors.
Child Injury Statistics
- From 1991-2010, emergency departments treated 45,398 children for injuries related to baby bottles, pacifiers, and sippy cups.
- This equals about 2,270 injuries per year.
- Most injuries were caused by falling.
- Body parts most commonly injured were the mouth, face, head, and neck.
- Baby bottles were accountable for 66% of injuries.
- Pacifiers were accountable for 20% of injuries.
- Sippy cups were accountable for 14% of injuries.
- Areas affected by these injuries include the mouth, head, face, and neck.
- Lacerations were the most common injury.
- The area most commonly injured was the mouth.
- 1-year-old children were injured most often.
- Product malfunctions were present in nearly 5% of cases.
Safety Tips for Parents
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD):
- Children should sit down while drinking from baby bottles or sippy cups.
- Children older than 12 months should use lidless cups.
- Pacifier use should be limited after the age of six months. This will help lower the risk of ear infections.
Contact an Experienced Child Injury Attorney
At Thomas J. Henry, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been the victim of a serious injury, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.