When it Comes to Serious Injuries, Strollers Hurt More Than Babies’ Heads

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Many parents already know that baby strollers have the potential to cause serious injury. However, most assume that the injuries are due to pinched fingers, strangulation or falls. Sadly, there are other ways strollers may harm children and a late, July 2015 recall verified it. It was for a series of strollers with defective bumper bars. You may ask, “What do bumper bars have to do with serious injuries, especially if we’re not talking about falls?” We’ll explain:

The product at the heart of the international problem is unfortunately covered with a section of faulty foam. As such, children are able to pick apart the foam. The loose foam then becomes hazardous because the kids are likely to put it in places where it doesn’t belong. The list of inappropriate places includes, but doesn’t end with their mouths, noses and ears. Understandably, sticking chunks of foam in some of those places could increase a child’s risk of aspiration or choking.

Most child health professionals in the U.S. readily admit that every month, roughly six children under the age of 7 die from aspiration or choking. In the majority of those situations, pieces of food are likely to blame but chunks of foam could cause the same problems. Children that manage to dislodge the offending object may survive the ordeal but it isn’t always without serious injury.

There are a number of things that can go wrong after a choking incident. For example, a section of foam may have found its way into the child’s lungs. If that’s the case, the foam is likely to spur the development of a respiratory infection. The infection could turn deadly, especially if the foam isn’t identified and surgically removed. Other complications include, but are not limited to sore throats, clogged bronchial tubes, PTSD and hoarseness.

That said, parents whose children were injured by faulty bumper bars or other stroller defects should consider contacting us for a case evaluation.

Distressing Increase in Bouncy House Injuries

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Inflatable amusements, or bouncy houses as they are more commonly known, are a major magnet for children at any party, or carnival. However, the number of injuries involving children and these bouncy houses has been on the increase.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has released a report based on an analysis of statistics between 2003 and 2013. The statistics find an estimated 113,272 injuries resulting from bouncy house accidents during this 10- year period. More than 90% of the injuries were associated with moon bounces. Between 2011 and 2013, approximately 60% of the injuries involved children between the ages of four and 15. Apart from these injuries, there were 12 fatalities linked to bouncy houses reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission between 2003 and 2013.

These injuries are not new, but they have only recently garnered attention because the numbers seem to be increasing. In 2015 alone, there were several serious accidents in Colorado, and New York. In one incident, a bouncy house was blown by strong gusts of wind across a field.

In 2012, the Center for Injury Research and Policy published a report of such injuries in the Pediatrics Journal, and found that there had been a 15-fold increase in the number of such injuries between 1995 and 2010.

Part of the reason for this increase in injuries is the fact the bouncy houses have simply become more popular with parents. Another reason is that many of these bouncy houses now come in do-it-yourself kits, that parents and other adults can assemble on their own. Mistakes made while assembling a kit can prove devastating.


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