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Dangers of Shopping Carts to Children

Georgians use shopping carts on a daily basis, whether shopping for groceries, home improvement supplies, or some other product. In 1947, manufacturers added child seats to the existing shopping cart design, which is meant to provide a convenient spot for children to rest while parents are shopping. In recent years, however, studies have shown that there are many dangers associated with these child seats.

You’ve probably heard someone tell their child to stay seated in a cart or witnessed an unrestrained child riding in a shopping cart. Unfortunately, around 24,000 children are taken to the emergency room with injuries each year after being injured in a shopping cart incident. A recent study in Clinical Pediatrics journal provided evidence that injuries were most commonly caused when a child fell out of a cart. This usually led to head injuries for those children. Since 1990, the number of concussions in young children has increased greatly – causing many to wonder about the safety of shopping carts.

In recent years, head injuries and concussions have been suggested to affect children long after the injury is sustained and symptoms have passed. Injuries to the white matter within one’s brain oftentimes leave victims unable to regrow and sustain that white matter in a way that was present before the accident. Children especially should be protected from these types of head and brain injuries due to the potential long term affects that may occur.

Causes of Shopping Cart Injuries

Part of the problem may be that the design of common grocery and shopping carts is not as safe as they should be. Another issue is that although most carts have warning labels instructing parents on the safest methods of use as a child carrier, these directions are not always followed correctly. As parents, it is our responsibility to make the best decisions for our child’s safety. This entails using a shopping cart as a child carrier only if absolutely necessary, and never placing a child in a cart with defective or missing safety restraints. Children should be buckled into buggies securely at all times so that they are unable to stand or move around inside the cart. Most importantly, parents should never turn their backs or leave a child unattended for any amount of time. The smallest movements can cause a buggy to tip over, leading to serious injuries. Alternatives to using buggies while shopping include wagons, strollers, or carts with mini cars attached that allow kids to ride close to the ground so that falls are less severe.

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