Imagine the terror of looking down a long staircase, and seeing your child lying motionless at the bottom. A new study at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio looked at the stairs, and how often they pose a danger to the kids who live there. They found a child under age five is rushed to the emergency room for a stair-related injury every six minutes in the United States. A fourth of those injuries come to young kids who fall while being carried.
Dr. Gary Smith said, "Those children were three times more likely to be hospitalized because of their injuries."
The lesson here may seem obvious. It's in bold print in the Journal of Pediatrics, which reminds parents and baby sitters to be sure to use a railing if you must carry a baby up or down stairs. Also to always keep the steps clear of toys and other clutter. The journal also recommends installing a wall-mounted safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
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