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Shopping carts pose a risk to children

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For parents in West Convina, a quick trip to the grocery store with the family can quickly turn to tragedy due to shopping cart accidents. Shopping carts have been known to cause harm to children, and in some cases can lead to devastating injuries that may significantly impact a child’s life for years to come. That’s why it’s vital that parents are aware of the dangers that shopping carts pose, as well as important safety tips that can decrease the risk of serious physical harm.

According to The Huffington Post, even with an increase of safety regulations intended on making shopping carts safer they remain a frequent source of injury for kids. In fact, certain types of injuries have risen since shopping carts have undergone a safety overhaul. Head injuries have shown an increase over a 21-year period, going from 3,483 occurrences to 12,333 instances of head trauma. In general, the majority (78.1 percent) of injuries that occurred because of shopping carts involved the head.

Because the number of injuries continues to rise, many in the medical community point to shopping cart design as a factor in accidents. For instance, kids frequently fall from shopping carts, which makes up 70.4 percent of the total injuries sustained. On a yearly basis 24,000 children require emergency medical treatment as a result of a run-in with a shopping cart.

While parents have little control over the design and functionality of shopping carts, Nationwide Children’s offers a few steps that can be taken to keep kids safe when grocery shopping. First and foremost, kids should never be left unattended in shopping carts. Parents must monitor children situated in carts to ensure they remain seated (which will prevent the cart from falling over). Additionally, kids must be seated in the proper position within a cart, and safety straps should be used when available. 

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