It’s never easy shopping with several kids in tow. I now love grocery shopping those rare times when I’m by myself and can leisurely browse through the aisles. But when I have all of my kids with me it’s an organized team effort. While it might seem to make it easier having one or two of them hang on to the cart as you go, consider this: According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), each year, more than 20,000 children under the age of five are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to shopping cart falls. The injuries can be minor and show up as no more than a mild cut or abrasion, or they could be a more serious concussion or broken limb.
Simple measures can help prevent shopping cart injuries or, at least, lessen the severity of the wound. Here are six steps parents can take to avoid a trip to the emergency room after visiting the produce aisle.
• Always have your child use the seatbelt or restraint system
• Never leave your child unattended in the cart
• Don’t let your child ride in the cart’s basket
• Make sure your child doesn’t climb or ride on the back, sides or front of the cart
• Never allow an older child to push a younger sibling in the cart
• Don’t put an infant car seat in the cart’s seat or basket
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