home
RSS
March 12th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

Doctors: Still too many stair-related injuries among children

Between 1999 and 2008, the number of children younger than age 5 treated in the emergency room for stair-related injuries declined, according to research published in the journal Pediatrics this week.

Yet experts say the number is still too high.

"The staggering statistic is that we continue to see a child, on average, every six minutes in this country rushed to a hospital emergency department with a stair-related injury," said Dr. Gary A. Smith, study author and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Researchers looked at data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which shows almost 932,000 children were treated for these injuries during those 10 years.

About 3% of the children were hospitalized from concussions and hemorrhages in the brain. Most had injuries to the head and neck region, including bumps and bruises; however, sometimes an accident resulted in a cut or scrape, or a fracture to the thigh or arm.

The greatest number of injuries were seen in patients at the age of one. More than half were male.

Most were injured without reporting the use of a specific object, yet some were using a baby walker or stroller.

Among the more seriously injured children were those being carried by a parent or caretaker.  Smith speculates that multi-tasking played a role.

"For children younger than one, about one-quarter of them were injured while being carried on the stairs by an adult," he said.

The less frequent use of baby walkers and an updated design of the walkers since the mid-90s has played a role in the overall injury decline, he said.

Smith gives this advice to parents and others who care for a child:  "If you have to take the child up and down stairs, take only the child in your arm and leave that other arm free to hold onto the railing so if you do stumble or slip, you can help prevent the fall," he said. "But the best thing to do if you're taking a trip up and down the stairs, [is] just leave your child in a safe place - put them in the crib."

He also offers these suggestions as layers of protection for child safety:

-Have a practical handrail that your entire hand can grip, in the event that you lose your balance.  If you have a decorative one, you can install a second railing opposite it.

-Use hard-mounted baby gates.  Pressure-mounted gates may work themselves loose over time and should only be used at the bottom of the stairs.

-Homeowners can mark the edge of each step with paint to make it clearer where the edge is.

He advises builders to consider stair-related injuries during new construction.

"We need to design environments that have safety in mind," he said. "Every home when it is constructed should have a gate, because in the lifetime of the home, it's exceedingly common to have a child live or visit. So the default should be to build with it, then parents can remove it later if they wish."

In addition, Smith says the lack of uniformity on the stair design causes people to stumble and fall. He says this huge problem is a simple, cheap and easy fix for builders.

"The take-home message is to try to design and engineer the problem out of existence so that kids don't get put in harm's way," he noted. "Kids at this age are changing and developing very rapidly. That's why that age group is often getting into trouble- because they're developing so quickly that parents are having a hard time anticipating it and they're very curious."

"We want them to challenge themselves, we want them to explore - that is how they're going to learn, develop and grow," he continued. "We need to provide a safe environment so that they can do that without paying the price of a broken bone."

Dr. Young-Jin Sue, an emergency room pediatrician at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, agrees.

"You feel like you know what your child is capable of one moment, but in the next days or weeks that can change," she said. "There's really no substitute when it comes to constant supervision when it comes to young children."


soundoff (507 Responses)
  1. Sprinter Rv Repair Near Here

    https://www.bashinform.ru/go/?http://sprintervanrepairshop.com/semi-truck-restoration-shop-near-me/

    May 17, 2021 at 08:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dodge Sprinter Van Repair

    http://www.arrowscripts.com/cgi-bin/a2/out.cgi?id=66&l=bigtop&u=https://fleetservicerepairshop.com/freightliner-truck-repair-shop-near-me

    May 17, 2021 at 08:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Russel Mcgiveron

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2011/01/

    May 17, 2021 at 09:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. truck shop oc

    Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon every day. It will always be exciting to read content from other authors and use a little something from their websites.

    https://adengine.old.rt.ru/go.jsp?to=https://publiensayos.com/alfaveto-cirilico/

    May 17, 2021 at 13:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. rv slide out roof repair

    http://icons.showingtime.com/rd/RD?c=REALTORCOM&s=FMREALTY&url=www.bizvista.jp/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=18442

    May 17, 2021 at 15:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. bus body shop

    Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely believe that this web site needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read through more, thanks for the advice!

    /

    May 17, 2021 at 15:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RV Washing Near Me

    Hi, I do think this is a great website. I stumbledupon it 😉 I'm going to revisit yet again since i have bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.

    https://www.treasury.gov/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi/?https://www.diplingpaedmediatorreiter.eu/index.php?option=com_phocaguestbook&view=phocaguestbook&id=1&Itemid=4&limitstart=59880

    May 17, 2021 at 18:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Maserati Grand Turismo 2012

    I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this site. I'm hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts from you later on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my very own website now 😉

    http://ytygroup.minebizs.com/Whatsapp?m=0&p=3f66a472-472c-4ec4-ae48-20d9dc2a8aa8&c=127c108a-5384-4001-849c-1d3282861335&url=http://maseratis.net/

    May 17, 2021 at 21:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. high quality rolex pearlmaster replica

    108191 95021There is noticeably a lot of money to comprehend this. I assume you created certain nice points in features also. 162949

    May 17, 2021 at 23:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. things to do in azusa ca

    http://www.kanazawa-navi.com/navi/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=725&url=https://ocrvcenter.com

    May 18, 2021 at 02:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Caroyln Hartstein

    I don't know about you all but I am obsessed with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/02/airline-livery-of-the-week/

    http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs151/1111846961938/archive/1119161431892.html

    May 18, 2021 at 04:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. free gay vidioes

    http://ycaistock.com/home/link.php?url=https://ocrvcenter.com/

    May 18, 2021 at 05:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Kegs Seattle

    https://foaf-visualizer.gnu.org.ua/?url=http://craftbrewersofboise.com/

    May 18, 2021 at 14:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. air conditioning parts supply near me

    There's certainly a lot to learn about this subject. I like all of the points you've made.

    https://sh.shulcloud.com/track.php?id=4c5c111e733449a9a439790f0d4b1431&url=https://cool-air-tech.com/

    May 18, 2021 at 18:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Affordable Dental Office Near Me

    Having read this I thought it was extremely enlightening. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this short article together. I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

    http://www.tces.hlc.edu.tw/dyna/netlink/hits.php?id=140&url=https://newportcenterdentalgroup.com

    May 18, 2021 at 19:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. 24 hour air conditioning service near me

    https://www.zhhsw.com/home/link.php?url=https://cool-air-tech.com/

    May 18, 2021 at 19:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. energy pills

    This is a topic that is near to my heart... Many thanks! Where are your contact details though?

    http://sc.hkexnews.hk/TuniS/www.hootnholler.net

    May 19, 2021 at 00:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Commercial Roof Installation

    Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely think this amazing site needs much more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the info!

    https://nsuem.ru/bitrix/redirect.php?event1=lib5&event2=&event3=&goto=https://sanmarinoroof.com/

    May 19, 2021 at 02:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Local Marketing Center

    This is the right site for anyone who would like to find out about this topic. You understand a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a fresh spin on a subject that's been discussed for ages. Wonderful stuff, just excellent!

    http://etracker.de/lnkcnt.php?et=qPKGYV&url=postfallsmarketing.com

    May 19, 2021 at 03:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Maui Jim Prescription Sunglasses Near Me

    This website was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something that helped me. Thank you!

    http://arida.biz/sougo/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=27&url=http://optometristphoenixaz.com/

    May 19, 2021 at 04:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Contact Lens Eye Exam Near Me

    I used to be able to find good info from your content.

    https://partner.pccomponentes.com/servlet/effi.redir?id_compteur=13404640&url=https://arizonasvision.com/

    May 19, 2021 at 05:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. i need energy pills

    An intriguing discussion is worth comment. I do believe that you should write more about this subject matter, it might not be a taboo subject but typically people don't speak about such subjects. To the next! Many thanks!!

    http://www.lifl.fr/FOX/modules/babel/redirect.php?newlang=fr_FR&newurl=https://hootnholler.net/

    May 19, 2021 at 05:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Same Day Optical Near Me

    https://jamesattorney.agilecrm.com/click?u=http://eyedoctorphoenixaz.com

    May 19, 2021 at 06:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Emeline Kowing

    I don't know about you people but I am obsessed with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/09/guest-blog-airline-simulation/

    http://privatejetstoday.blogspot.com/2010/08/private-jet-flight-attendant-jobs.html

    May 19, 2021 at 06:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Video Marketing Videos

    https://j-friends.jp/cgi/search/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=8555&url=https://bulknearme.com/

    May 19, 2021 at 07:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Maserati Pricing 2014

    http://m.caijing.com.cn/member/logout?referer=https://club-maserati.com/

    May 19, 2021 at 07:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Eye Exams Near Me

    Everything is very open with a really clear explanation of the issues. It was definitely informative. Your site is very useful. Many thanks for sharing!

    https://members.sitegadgets.com/scripts/jumparound.cgi?goto=https://sunglasseseyedoctorsoptometristphoenixaz.com/

    May 19, 2021 at 08:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. American Vision Near Me

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you, However I am having problems with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I can't subscribe to it. Is there anybody else having identical RSS problems? Anybody who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

    http://www.freedback.com/thank_you.php?u=https://arizonasvision.com/

    May 19, 2021 at 08:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. casino bonus

    389968 879249Id have to talk to you here. Which isnt something Which i do! I love to reading a post that should get folks to feel. Also, thank you for allowing me to comment! 155503

    May 19, 2021 at 12:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Southern California Sprinter Repair

    I have to thank you for the efforts you've put in penning this site. I'm hoping to check out the same high-grade blog posts by you later on as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my very own blog now 😉

    http://www.chuangzaoshi.com/Go/?url=https://ocrv.tv/

    May 19, 2021 at 14:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. RV Fiberglass Orange County

    https://www.peru-retail.com/?adid=104597&url=https://dakdakmotors.com/educational-authorship-test-paper-composing-paper-8/

    May 19, 2021 at 17:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. RV Supplies Orange County

    https://www.zhhsw.com/home/link.php?url=https://hootnholler.net/homes-for-sale-near-me/

    May 19, 2021 at 19:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Video Marketing Near Me

    http://bigtimesportsohio.com/Redirect.aspx?destination=https://rankemailads.com

    May 19, 2021 at 23:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. the truck shop orange

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up plus the rest of the website is really good.

    /

    May 19, 2021 at 23:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Digital Marketing Agency

    https://jump.fan-site.biz/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=342&url=https://marketingpostfalls.com/

    May 20, 2021 at 03:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Digital Marketing Near Me

    http://gta.ru/redirect/seopostfalls.com/

    May 20, 2021 at 04:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Local Marketing Experts

    http://www.naniwa-search.com/search/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=23&url=http://www.internetmarketingmontana.com/

    May 20, 2021 at 04:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Video Marketing Services

    http://khazin.ru/redirect?url=http://postfallsphotographer.com

    May 20, 2021 at 05:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Kristy Iacuzio

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

    http://internettime.pbworks.com/w/page/20095906/research?revision=64381394

    May 20, 2021 at 05:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Social Media Marketing Businesses Near Me

    http://www.mortgageboss.ca/link.aspx?cl=960&l=5648&c=13095545&cc=8636&url=http://internetmarketingmontana.com/

    May 20, 2021 at 05:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Digital Marketing Company

    Having read this I thought it was very enlightening. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this informative article together. I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

    https://pub.accesstrade.vn/deep_link/4511350997178678070?url=https://nearmyspot.com/

    May 20, 2021 at 06:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Google Marketing Business

    I’m amazed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s equally educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you've hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which too few people are speaking intelligently about. Now i'm very happy I stumbled across this during my hunt for something concerning this.

    http://sendfwd.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bestlocalnearme.com/

    May 20, 2021 at 12:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. does rv insurance cover roof leaks

    https://cutephp.com/forum/redirect/?q=https://ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-imperial-beach-california

    May 20, 2021 at 15:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. RV Supplies Near Me

    Your style is so unique in comparison to other folks I've read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this page.

    https://www.dbta.com/Events/updateStats.aspx?id=1598&lnk=https://ocrv.art/rv-repair-shop-lake-balboa-california

    May 20, 2021 at 16:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. paint repair shops near me

    That is a very good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere. Short but very precise information… Thank you for sharing this one. A must read article!

    https://www.vanpeople.com/space/link.php?url=https://www.ocrvcenter.com/rv-parts-near-me/

    May 20, 2021 at 16:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. bucket truck band

    http://www.fip.it/asti/redirect.asp?Url=http://ocrvcenter.com/motorhome-collision-repair-shop-near-me/

    May 20, 2021 at 17:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. RV Couches Orange County

    https://www.fms.treas.gov/fmsweb/disclaimer.jsp?ciURL=https://ocrvluxurycoaches.com/rv-repair-shop-rancho-palos-verdes-california

    May 20, 2021 at 17:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. camper inspection near me

    I really like looking through a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for permitting me to comment!

    https://client.paltalk.com/client/webapp/client/External.wmt?url=http://ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-menifee-california/

    May 20, 2021 at 17:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Video Marketing Company

    https://www.t10.org/cgi-bin/s_t10r.cgi?First=1&PrevURL=https://postfallsphotographer.com/

    May 20, 2021 at 19:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. rv slide out remodel

    I really like it when folks come together and share ideas. Great website, continue the good work!

    https://click.alamode.com/?adcode=CPEMAQM0913_1&url=http://ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-manhattan-beach-california

    May 21, 2021 at 00:08 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.