Nearly 10,000 Children Hospitalized Yearly From Crib, Playpen Injuries

Cribs and playpens cause many injuries among young children

Every single year, around 10,000 infants and children under the age of 2 years old from the United States, suffer injuries caused in and around a crib.

A new study explains that nearly 70 percent of these injuries are the result of falling.

Researchers explain this study to be the first of its kind to analyze national data to compile a broad outlook on the potential risks of cribs and playpens for young children.

For the study, researchers compiled data over the course of nearly 20 years, monitoring the frequency of hospital visits by children under the age of 2.

Researchers discovered that more than 9,500 children under the age of 2, every single year, were treated at the hospital for crib-related injuries.

In most cases, injuries were to the head and neck, and the majority were soft-tissue ailments.

Experts explain this to be unacceptable and explain the urgency for additional safety measures on many pieces of infant and young children furniture.

Also, parents are urged to pay close attention when young children are playing in or around a crib or playpen.