News | Published February 24, 2014

Maintaining safe high chair habits

Parents put their children in high chairs so they can safely eat or sit at the table; however, a new study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics found that U.S. emergency rooms treat about 9,500 high chair injuries each year. The injuries typically involved children falling because of either standing or climbing in the high chair. The study found that six out of 10 children experienced a head or neck injury after falling from a high chair, and three out of 10 children experienced an injury to the face.

Supervision is the key. Kids can’t be left unsupervised or only partially supervised in a high chair; otherwise accidents are bound to happen. Don’t assume your child will be fine alone in a high chair. Leave it to a child to figure out how to get out of something that is high off the floor. Instead, take the child out of the high chair and let him or her play on the floor rather than three feet above it.

Also, make sure he or she is properly secured in the high chair by using the safety restraints. Don’t use the tray as a substitute for the safety restraint.

If your child does fall from the high chair, look for signs of a serious injury, including difficulty breathing, a seizure or unconsciousness. If your child is experiencing these symptoms, don’t move your child and call 911 immediately.