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Do Children Get Injured in Shopping Carts?

Every year, more than 20,000 children under 5 go to the emergency room for an accident involving a shopping cart. About 75% of the injuries are to the head and neck of the child. Most of the accidents result in the child falling out of the cart or causing the cart to tip over.

More about shopping carts:

  • Shopping carts have been around en masse in the United States since 1940 and were widely adopted just 3 years after their invention in 1937.

  • The carts cost between $100 and $150 each and many stores have implemented anti-theft measures.

  • Shopping carts have been ranked as the third worst public place to touch due to their germ-laden handles.

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More Info: pediatrics.aapublications.org

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