In Central New Jersey, as in the rest of the country, parents are concerned regarding raising their children in a safe and efficient manner. An August 17, 2016 article by Rachel Rabkin Peachman, which appeared in the New York Times Health Section, is titled More Head Injuries Reported for Babies in Stroller Accidents. http://www.nytimes.com/pages/health/nutrition
The convenience of a stroller in transporting young children is well known to parents. However, it is important that any strollers purchased offer adequate protection for the child being transported.
Ms. Peachman states that “Data collected through the National Electronic Injury Surveillance system, which revealed that an estimated 361,000 children 5 or younger had injuries serious enough to land them in a hospital emergency room between 1990 and 2010″. She also states, “by 2010, 42 percent of children in stroller accidents and 53 percent of babies in carrier accidents who were treated in emergency rooms were found to have suffered a brain injury or concussion, according to the report published Wednesday in the journal Academic Pediatrics“.
This makes it extremely important to take care when purchasing a stroller. According to http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news, items that should be checked when purchasing a stroller include a proper restraint system, brakes, wheels, leg holes and canopy.
Restraint systems, regulated by ASTM safety standards, include a safety belt and crotch strap. It is important that both items be used when transporting a child. Some strollers also have a five point harness that provides extra safety. Always check to make sure these items are securely anchored to insure that the child cannot climb out or fall.
It is important to have brakes that will lock two wheels. There are a number of types of control including bars, foot-operated and hand-operated. Jogging strollers, for example, have brakes on both the rear and front wheels.
Wheels are available in both large and regular sizes depending on intended use. Large ones are commonly used for outdoor use on gravel, sand or other rough areas. Strollers with small double wheels on the front are easier to maneuver.
Reclining strollers, commonly used by newborns, must have leg holes that will not allow the child to slip through. Many manufacturers now provide shields that can temporarily make the holes smaller to prevent this problem.
Good strollers range in price from $179.00 to $216.00. As of September 2015, standards that are more stringent were issued by the Consumer of Product Safety Commission.
There are a number of stores in New Jersey that offer a wide variety of strollers including units for children with special needs and can be easily reviewed on the Internet.