Children Fall Injuries on Stairs Occur Every Six Minutes

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. March 28, 2016

Children Fall Injuries on Stairs Occur Every Six Minutes

Children are also vulnerable to stairway related injuries, according to an article on WebMD Health News By Jennifer Warner (March 12, 2012) http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20120312/child-injured-on-stairs-every-6-minutes

Every six minutes a young child (under the age of five) in the U.S. is treated in the emergency room for a stair-related injury, according to a new study. Most of the injuries occurred as a result of the child falling down the stairs on his or her own. But 25% of children under age 1 were injured while they were carried on the stairs, and 16% fell in a baby walker. The majority of injuries were bruises and other soft tissue injuries, which accounted for 35% of injuries. About three-fourths of the children had injuries to the head and neck area, and nearly 3% were hospitalized as the result of their injuries. By Jennifer Warner

The article suggests the following ways to improve child stair safety include:

  • Install built-in, wall-mounted stair gates that are always in place.
  • Supervise children’s access to stairs
  • Keep stairs well-maintained and free of objects.
  • Parents and caregivers should minimize the use of stairs while carrying a child.
  • Do not carry other items in addition to a child while using stairs. The free hand should be placed on the handrail.
  • Avoid using stairs when transporting a child in a stroller or baby carriage. Use an elevator or carry the child instead.

For stair safety solutions for everyone in your family, check out our blog: “Taking the Right Steps to Improve Stairway Safety

 

 




Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.

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Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.