Stair accidents injure more than 90,000 American children each year, and send a child to the hospital on average every six minutes, a new study finds.
The greatest number of stair injuries involves children who are just 1 year old, researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found. The study is published in the journal Pediatrics.
Researchers surveyed 10 years' worth of data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to come up with their findings, CNN reports. The findings include:
Increased multi-tasking by parents and caretakers is a likely a factor in many child stair injuries, the study's author suggested to CNN.
To prevent stair injuries, researchers recommend:
Despite the large number of children injured in stair accidents -- more than 930,000 over the last 10 years -- data actually shows an overall decline in those accidents since the mid-1990s, CNN reports. A decline in the use of baby walkers may explain that, researchers said.