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April 1, 2014

Shopping cart injuries among children are on the rise

Parents say new design and stronger safety standards are needed


“Only occasionally does the emergency center see children who have fallen from shopping carts,” said Kathi Wasilewski, director of the Emergency Center at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital. “To ensure the safety of children, we encourage parents to follow the instructions posted on shopping carts and store policies.”

Dr. Emi Bays, a pediatrician at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, said she often talks with parents about preventative care when it comes to shopping carts.

“They are really kid of dangerous,” Bays said. “Try not to put a child in one if you can avoid it.”

Bays said parents should try to find someone to care for a child when shopping or use strollers instead of shopping carts.

Kora Nadler, 39, of Middletown has two children, 6-year-old Korrine and 2-year-old Calvin and while she agrees Bays is providing sound advice, it isn’t realistic for her.

“If I had someone to watch my kids I would not bring them to the store and I can’t really see myself pushing a stroller and a cart at the same time,” Nadler said. “I don’t even know how physically that could happen.”

Adrienne Vollweiler, 26, of Anderson agreed with Nadler.

She said it is difficult to find care for her 3-year-old son when she and her husband go out, let alone when they are shopping. Vollweiler said she would like to see stronger safety regulations in place when it comes to shopping carts.

“Half of them don’t have the little straps in them or they have been broken off,” she said.

Amick said the current shopping cart standards are not adequate, especially in light of rising injuries. She said educating people about the dangers of shopping carts is important, but she would also like to see changes in the design of the shopping cart.

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