When little ones are around, stair safety can never be minimized, even when children are in the arms of an adult, a new national study suggests.
Although the number of stair-related injuries to young children declined 11.6 percent between 1999 and 2008, about 93,000 children younger than 5 were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments each year, finds an analysis reported in the journal Pediatrics. That equates to a child younger than 5 being rushed to the hospital once every six minutes for a stair-related injury, says the study.
Among children under the age of 1, 25 percent of the injuries occurred while the child was being carried on the stairs by an adult. Those children were more than three times more likely to be hospitalized.