Don't leave your child in a high chair alone!! Think safety.

Don’t leave your child in a high chair alone!! Think safety.

The key to keeping our children safe is thinking about the environment that they are in. Where is the harm should be a question that parents ask themselves constantly. Whether it is int he bath tub or in their play pen or in a high chair, parent should always think one or two steps ahead.

From LAT:

If high chair safety is not high on your list of concerns, it’s about to be.

For the first time in 10 years, researchers have looked into trends in injuries related to high chair use, and it does not look good. According to a new study published this week in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, the number of children who went to emergency rooms because of injuries related to high chairs increased 22% from 2003 to 2010.

Nearly all of those injuries, 93%, were the result of children falling out of high chairs, the authors found. And because high chairs are usually in kitchens or dining rooms, the children often fall onto hard tile or wood floors.

Indeed, 37% of the injuries were “closed head injuries” like concussions and internal head trauma. Thirty-three percent who fell had bumps and bruises, and 19% had cuts. (more…)