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Number of High-Chair Injuries Increasing

Researchers say high-chair injuries have increased by 22 percent between 2003 and 2010.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Researchers say high-chair injuries have increased by 22 percent between 2003 and 2010.

After the longest and largest study of high-chair related injuries in the U.S., findings show 90 percent of children were hurt by falling from a high chair, with concussions being the most common injury.

Gary Smith and Tracy Mehan of Nationwide Children's Hospital led the study, and they both explain why these injuries are happening and how to prevent them.

"They're naturally curious, so they are going to grab anything they can have in their sights," Mehan says. "So, tablecloths, placemats, hot cups of coffee, plates of food, sharp silverware, all that should be out of reach of a child."

"If I were to tell parents what the top three things are they can do to prevent serious injuries from the use of high chairs, it's going to be, 'Use the restraint system, use the restraint system, use the restraint system,'" Smith says. 

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