Using a high chair is a common way to assist parents in feeding their small children, but on average 9,421 children receive emergency room treatment each year because of high chair-related injuries, a new study shows.
The study, published in Clinical Pediatrics, also shows that falls from regular chairs are common, injuring four children an hour, with 40,889 injuries reported on average annually.
Data was gathered among children under 3 years old from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System from 2003 to 2010, when a significant increase in these types of injuries was noted.
With high-chairs, children most commonly were injured from falling (93 percent) and head injuries were the most typical. The falls generally happened when the child attempted to stand up, twist or climb out of the seat.
It should also be noted that high chairs are recalled constantly, so parents must be vigilant about paying attention to that. More than 3.4 million high chairs and booster seats have been recallede since 2008.
The authors recommend that parents and caregivers use the high chair safety restraints every time a child is using it, and that they encourage appropriate behavior.