Next time you need groceries, keep your kids out of the cart, urges the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In 2005, more than 24,000 children were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for cart-related injuries, according to a recent AAP report. About 15 percent required hospital admission.
If your child is too young to walk, consider using a stroller or carrier instead of a cart. If you must use a cart, use the safety belt or harness, and never leave your child unattended.
- let your child stand up in a shopping cart;
- place an infant carrier on top of a cart;
- let your child ride outside the cart; or
- let an older child climb on the cart or push it while another child is inside.
Check out the AAP's shopping cart safety page for parents at www.aap.org/family/shopcartPP.pdf.
- Christina Elston is the contributing health editor for United Parenting Publications. Read more health tips and updates in our Health Notes Archives.