Supermarket Survival Guide for Parents
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Practice Safe Shopping
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), falls from shopping carts are among the leading causes of head injuries in young children. A CPSC study estimates that since 1985, an annual average of 21,600 children ages five and younger are treated in emergency rooms for shopping cart-related injuries. Approximately 12,800 of these children were treated for falls from carts, and of those, 5,700 sustained head injuries. Additionally, a 1994 investigation concluded that 51 percent of victims fell from the seat, and 49 percent fell from the basket.
The CPSC recommends parents take the following action to prevent falls from shopping carts:
- Use seatbelts to restrain your child in the cart seat.
- Don’t allow your child to ride in the cart basket.
- Don’t allow your child to ride or climb on the sides or front of the cart.
- Don’t allow an older child to push the cart with another child in it.
In addition to following these safety rules, parents may want to invest in a padded safety strap or seat. These soft devices typically secure in the back so the child can’t undo them, and they effectively prevent babies from putting their mouths on cart handles. Fabric wraps that cover cart handles also achieve the same purpose and keep teethers from gumming an area that’s been frequently touched by shoppers (who may have handled packages of raw poultry and meat).
If your child is just too fussy or antsy for a shopping cart, try putting him or her in an infant or child carrying pack. Slings, front carriers, and backpacks allow your child to be close to you and free up your hands. Older babies may relish a backpack ride for variety and enjoy a “new view” while in the store.
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