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Head injuries in infants: the risks of bouncy chairs and car seats
  1. T Wickham,
  2. E Abrahamson
  1. Department of Paediatric Accident and Emergency, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr T Wickham, 8 Charwood Close, Shenley, Radlett, Herts WD7 9LH, UK;
    doctimwickham{at}yahoo.com

Abstract

Aims: To establish whether the incorrect use of bouncy chairs (BC) and car seats (CS) is a significant cause of injuries in babies.

Methods: Prospective study over a 12 month period. All babies under the age of 1 year, presenting to the department with a head injury were eligible.

Results: A total of 131 cases were recorded, 17 (13%) of which were associated with either BC or CS, the second largest aetiological group. All BC cases (11/11, 100%) were caused by a fall from a surface with the baby in the chair. In the CS group, 2/6 (33%) were caused by such a fall. The carer was aware in only one of the 13 cases involving a fall from a surface that there was any chance of injury from this mechanism.

Conclusion: Falls from inappropriately placed bouncy chairs or car seats form a significant proportion of head injuries in infants, resulting in unnecessary and preventable morbidity.

  • head injury
  • bouncy chair
  • car seat
  • accident and emergency
  • fall
  • A&E, accident and emergency
  • BC, bouncy chair
  • CS, car seat
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