Is your child's "baby gate" really protecting them?

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
More than 30,000 children have landed in the emergency room after experiencing a baby gate-related injury and most could have been prevented.

Even though standards for baby gates are only voluntary and not federally mandated, the study's researchers still strongly recommend using them.

(NBC) - More than 30,000 children have landed in the emergency room after experiencing a baby gate-related injury and most could have been prevented.

Jessica Fannon's nine-month old daughter, Ella, tumbled down 14 stairs of her home.

The baby gate Fannon thought would protect Ella had come loose because it wasn't made for the top of a stair case.

A study by Nationwide Children's Hospital found that, between 1990 and 2010, the number of baby gate related injuries nearly quadrupled to an average of 1800 a year.

Even though standards for baby gates are only voluntary and not federally mandated, the study's researchers still strongly recommend using them.

But having the right type in the right place is key.

In Ella's case, a gate properly suited for the bottom of the stairs protected this daughter of a pediatric nurse from serious injury.

Using the proper baby gate can minimize the need for luck.

Researchers say gates should be used in homes with children ages six months to two years and that hardware mounted gates should always be used at the top of the stairs.


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