Did you know that each year an average of 24,000 children end up in the emergency department due to injuries and falls from shopping carts? A recent study found that between 1990 and 2011, more than 530,000 children visited the emergency department for a shopping cart-related injury. About 78% of these injuries were sustained to the head, resulting in concussions and internal damage. Take care to make sure your child is safe and secure in the shopping cart while you’re strolling the aisles, using these tips:
- Do not leave your child unattended, under any circumstances
- Always use a shopping cart safety belt and make sure your child is securely strapped in
- Bring your own shopping cart safety belt, if necessary. Safety belts are available at baby stores along with shopping cart seat covers
- Only place your child in the shopping cart seat. Do not put your child in the shopping cart itself
- Never place infant carriers or car seats on top of a shopping cart (These carts were not designed to accommodate a carrier or car seat)
- Avoid shopping carts with broken or missing safety belts. If you come across a cart with a missing or broken safety belt, report it to the store manager.
- Do not let older children hang from shopping carts
Wherever you take your child, his or her safety is your utmost concern. Following these tips will help you prevent serious injuries and avoid a trip to the emergency department.
For more tips on injury prevention, visit www.mass.gov/dph/injury
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