A new study shows that children are getting hurt on their high chairs more than previously thought.
The study, conducted by Nationwide Children's Hospital, concluded that close to 10,000 children end up in the emergency room each year with injuries from their high chair.
The most often injuries occurred when children fell and hit their head or face.
“More concerning is that they're increasing. Injuries overall due to high chairs increased over 20 percent during this eight-year period,” said Dr. Gary Smith, of Nationwide Children's Hospital, who led the study.
Smith said the head injuries from falling off a high chair were very serious, including concussions.
“One of the concerns we have is that high chairs elevate the child up, often over a hard surface, often land head first on a hard surface, so serious injuries can and do occur,” Smith said.
So what should parents do?
Smith recommends checking to make sure the high chair hasn't been recalled.
Also, look for a high chair with a wide base. It's more stable.
Booster seats are OK. Just use them correctly – especially the straps to keep the child safe.
“The top three things are: use the restrained, use the restraint, use the restraint in the chair. If you buckle your child in, that will prevent the vast majority of these injuries,” he said.
Many of the injuries are linked to poor designs in high chairs that have been recalled.