This common object hurts 66 kids a day

Little boy crying
Grocery shopping just got more stressful.
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According to a new study, shopping carts hurt an average of 66 kids a day. Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that more than 24,000 kids go the emergency room with shopping cart-related injuries every year.

Why are they so common? Most result from children who are too small being placed in the shopping cart seat and falling out. Children under 4 years old account for 85 percent of injuries. The second biggest cause is the cart tipping over with the child inside. Since the average kid doesn’t exactly like sitting still for too long, it’s easy to see how this can happen when a caregiver turns his or her attention away to grab something from a shelf.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital recommends not putting your child in a shopping cart if you can, even if it looks like it’s meant for kids. But if you do opt to do it, look for one with a seat low to the ground, and make sure your child stays sitting for the whole shopping trip.

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