Health Tip: Safe Use of Baby Strollers

August 18, 2005-- Posted at 1:35 PM CDT

(HealthDayNews) -- Strollers make babies more transportable and life more convenient. But as handy as they may be, strollers aren't risk free.

Each year, hundreds of children end up in emergency rooms because of falls, pinches and tipovers from strollers, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Here are some safety tips for correct stroller use:

  • Always supervise your child when he or she is in a stroller. Older kids may try to climb out.
  • Use the restraint system that comes with your stroller.
  • Avoid hanging shopping bags or purses over the stroller's handles. This will help prevent tipping.
  • If your stroller malfunctions and your child is hurt, report the problem to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission or similar government agency.

 -- Felicity Stone

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