Taking your child out of the house allows him or her to have new
experiences and interactions. You may start using a stroller as soon as your
baby is born and continue to do so well into early childhood. You may also want
your child to ride in a shopping cart when you go to stores. Only use
well-maintained strollers and carts. And take some general precautions to avoid
injuring your child:1
Most injuries from shopping carts involve children younger than 5
years. Fractures, internal injuries, and concussions are the most common
injuries. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that the design
of shopping carts be changed to help prevent cart tip-overs and falls from
carts. Until shopping carts are safer, the AAP strongly recommends not to use
them. Other options include using supervised in-store child play areas, taking
another adult with you to watch your child while you shop, or using a stroller
or wagon instead of a shopping cart.
If you choose to have your child ride in a shopping cart, children
Carriers designed to sit on top of the cart or built into it do
not prevent a child from falling out. Avoid accidents by properly restraining
your child at all times in a cart, and do not leave your child unattended, even
for a moment.
American Academy of Pediatrics (2009). Keeping your child safe. In SP Shevlov et al., eds., Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, 5th ed., pp. 457–506. New York: Bantam.
American Academy of Pediatrics (2006, reaffirmed 2009). Shopping cart–related injuries to children. Pediatrics, 118(2): 825–827. Also available online: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/118/2/825.full.
January 22, 2013
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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