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Study Cites Risks from Bottles, Sippy Cups

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 02:18 PM

Every 4 hours. That’s how often a child under 3 years of age is treated in a hospital emergency room for an injury related to baby bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups, new research shows.
The study, by investigators with Nationwide Children's Hospital, found 45,398 children were treated for injuries related to the use of such products from 1991 to 2010. That’s 2,270 injuries per year.
The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found:
• Baby bottles accounted for 66 percent of injuries;
• Pacifiers caused about 1 in 5 injuries;
• Sippy cups were associated with 14 percent of the cases;
• Most injuries involved the mouth (71 percent) and the head, face or neck (20 percent); and
• About 86 percent of injuries were the result of falls while using the products, suggesting children were walking or running with them in their mouths at the time of the injury.
"Two-thirds of injuries examined in our study were to 1-year-old children who are just learning to walk and more prone to falls," said the study's co-author Sarah Keim, with the Center for Biobehavioral Health at Nationwide Children's Hospital. "Having children sit down while drinking from baby bottles or sippy cups can help reduce the occurrences of these injuries."
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children begin using regular, lidless cups at 1 year of age and that parents limit pacifier use after 6 months of age.

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012 02:18 PM
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