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Taking your child out of the house allows your child to have new experiences and interactions. You may start using a stroller as soon as your baby is born and can keep using one well into early childhood. Take some general precautions to avoid injuring your child.
Remove these items as soon as your child can sit or get up on hands and knees.
Always lock the release mechanism before you put your child in the stroller. Keep your child at a safe distance when you are collapsing the stroller.
The stroller should also have a wide base so it won't easily tip over.
Don't hang items, such as shopping bags, from the stroller handles. Carrying baskets should be placed low, near the rear wheels.
Separate footrests can trap feet.
Some strollers have a space for older children to sit or stand behind a baby. A heavier child could tip the stroller over.
Most injuries from shopping carts involve children younger than 5 years. Broken bones, internal injuries, and concussions are the most common injuries.
Instead of carts, you might use supervised child play areas in stores, take another adult with you to watch your child while you shop, or use a stroller or wagon instead of a shopping cart.
Shopping carts are not safe. But, if you need to shop with your child, protect your child from injury as much as you can.
Even the carriers designed to sit on top of the cart or built into it don't prevent a child from falling out.
Current as of:
September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Susan C. Kim MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineJohn Pope MD - Pediatrics
Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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