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Baby safety gates aren't always safe; study says nearly 2,000 US kids are injured each year
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, May 5, 2014 9:29 AM EDT
Baby gates meant to protect young children aren't always as safe as parents think. A new study says nearly 2,000 U.S. kids get emergency room treatment each year from injuries resulting from falling through or climbing on these gates.
Researcher Lara McKenzie and colleagues at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, examined data on kids up to age 6.
The number injured on gates more than tripled over 20 years. These cases climbed from about 4 per 100,000 children in 1990 to almost 13 per 100,000 in 2010.
The study was published online Monday in the journal Academic Pediatrics.