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Study reveals issues with baby products

Pennsylvania parents may have heard about a study conducted by Nationwide Children's Hospital and published in the journal Pediatrics. It found that one child under the age of 3 was injured every eight minutes on average by a nursery product. That equates to more than 66,000 emergency room visits each year during the study period from January 1991 to December 2011. The study also found that such injuries increased by 25 percent during the last eight years of that period.

The study defined nursery products as items such as baby walkers, bouncers and changing tables. Of the injuries that occurred, 20 percent involved baby carriers while 19 percent were related to cribs or mattresses. In 81 percent of the cases surveyed, babies suffered injuries to the neck, face or head. According to one researcher, the purpose of the study was to hold manufacturers accountable for how they designed nursery products.

In 2001, a study was released outlining flaws in the way that baby walkers were designed. As a result, manufacturers made changes that included different wheels that would prevent children from rolling down stairs. Parents also play a role in ensuring that products are safe for their kids. They are urged to read product manuals, check for recalls and do research before making a purchase.

If a child is injured using a nursery product or any other product, a parent may wish to file a product liability lawsuit. If successful, he or she may be entitled to compensation for medical bills for the child or other financial compensation provided by law. An attorney may attempt to show that a product was dangerous by pointing to recall notices or by showcasing design flaws that the manufacturer of the product knew or should have known about.

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