Safety Pitfalls: Stairs are a Leading Cause of Injury for Small Children | AAP News
Stair-climbing is part of everyday life in many homes and public places. Caregivers need to be vigilant to make sure children are not hurt while going up and down stairs.
Stairs are one of the 10 most common sources of injury for toddlers and small children. In fact, more than 900,000 children under the age of 5 were treated in emergency rooms (ERs) for stair-related injuries from 1999 to 2008, according to the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Based on the data, researchers estimate that a young child is treated every six minutes in an ER for a stair-related injury.
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