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New Study Finds High Chair Injuries Are On The Rise

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Reported: Dec. 10, 2013 12:10 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 10, 2013 1:39 PM EST

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High Chair Injuries
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A newly released study suggests high chair-related injuries are on the rise across the nation.

The nine page study by Clinical Pediatrics found more than 9,400 children were treated in emergency rooms each year from 2003 to 2010 for high chair or booster seat-related injuries. That equals one injury per hour, according to the study.

The online study, which was released Monday, found 93 percent of all booster seat or high-chair injuries resulted from a fall. That is because toddlers are more inclined to stand, twist, or climb when placed in one of those seats.

Dr. Joe Matusic, a Charleston pediatrician, said leaving a child unattended in a booster seat or high chair can result in serious repercussions, such as a head injury.

"I think we're seeing the same thing we saw with walkers," said the pediatrician of 20 years. "If a child isn't restrained properly or is not watched properly, that child may try to climb out and that's where they're falling or hitting their heads. So you really have to be careful with kids in high chairs."

Matusic said in addition to head injuries, unattended children can break their legs if they get their foot caught in a seat strap.

Here some safety tips for parents with small children:

* Make sure the high chair or booster seat has a safety sticker visible on the back.

* When you buckle the child in, make sure the straps are attached firmly to the chair and the child is in snug so he or she can't wiggle out.

* Set up the high chair in an area where the child can't reach anything, including walls and tables.

* Be sure booster seats that have a tray do not have wiggle room.

* Use high chairs that have safety straps with either a three-point or five-point harness.

* Make sure the safety seat has a crotch strap.

* Make sure your booster seat or high chair has a visible safety sticker.

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