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Feb172011

Study: 26 Babies Injured Daily in Cribs, Bassinets, Playpens

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Every day, an average of 26 children under the age of two are injured in cribs, bassinets and playpens, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio reviewed data from National Electronic Injury Surveillance System on children younger than two years of age who were treated in emergency rooms in the U.S. from 1990 through 2008 for injuries associated with cribs, playpens and bassinets.  After looking over the data, they estimated there were over 180,000 such injuries during that time period, 83.2 percent of which were crib-related.

The authors of the study also determined that the majority of the injuries -- about 66 percent -- were caused by falls from the cribs, bassinets or playpens.

Since 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled more than nine million cribs.  On Thursday, Congress will hold a hearing with the CPSC to assess whether some of the protections on certain products, including cribs, should be rolled back.

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