Thanksgiving and Black Friday are only a couple of weeks away, which
means that grocery stores and malls around the country will soon be filled with anxious holiday shoppers. Holiday shopping is a pain for many of us, but it can also be dangerous for children and families. KID is here to make sure that you have one less thing to worry about during this hectic holiday season.
Thousands of children end up in the emergency room each year for shopping cart related injuries. Please follow these safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to ensure that your family has a safe and happy holiday season.
- Find alternatives to placing your children in shopping carts, such as using a stroller, wagon, or baby carrier.
- Look for kid-friendly carts that are low to the ground and have car-like seats.
- Make sure your child is securely strapped into the shopping cart and the child’s legs are placed through the leg openings
- Please make sure your child remains seated
- Stay with the cart and your child at all times
- Avoid placing infant carriers on top of shopping carts
- Do not allow children to push the cart if another child is in the cart
- Avoid allowing your child to stand on the front, side, or back of the cart
Shopping cart related injuries are common, but hopefully taking these precautions will keep your family safe during your next shopping trip.
“More Than 24,000 Kids Go To The Hospital For Shopping Cart-Related Injuries Every Year: Study” http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/news/more-24000-kids-go-hospital-shopping-cart-related-injuries-every-year-study-huffington-post
“Safe Shopping with Children” https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Safe-Shopping-With-Children.aspx