Taking your child out of the house allows him or her to have new experiences and interactions. You may start using a stroller as soon as your baby is born and continue to do so well into early childhood. You may also want your child to ride in a shopping cart when you go to stores. Only use well-maintained strollers and carts. And take some general precautions to avoid injuring your child:footnote 1
Most injuries from shopping carts involve children younger than 5 years. Fractures, internal injuries, and concussions are the most common injuries. Until shopping carts are safer, think about using other options, including supervised in-store child play areas, taking another adult with you to watch your child while you shop, or using a stroller or wagon instead of a shopping cart.
If you choose to have your child ride in a shopping cart, children should not:footnote 2
Carriers designed to sit on top of the cart or built into it do not prevent a child from falling out. Avoid accidents by properly restraining your child at all times in a cart, and do not leave your child unattended, even for a moment.
American Academy of Pediatrics (2009). Keeping your child safe. In SP Shevlov et al., eds., Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, 5th ed., pp. 457-506. New York: Bantam.
American Academy of Pediatrics (2006, reaffirmed 2009). Shopping cart-related injuries to children. Pediatrics, 118(2): 825-827. Also available online: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/118/2/825.full.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - PediatricsThomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
Current as ofMay 4, 2017
Current as of: May 4, 2017
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
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