Inappropriate use of infant seating devices increases risks of injury

Marianne Beaudin, Todd Maugans, Dickens St-Vil, Richard A. Falcone

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Purpose The purpose of our study was to investigate the epidemiology and resulting injuries following falls sustained by infants seated in a variety of seating devices. Methods A retrospective chart review of a cohort of infants less than 12 months old who presented to our institution from 1991 to 2010 after a fall from various seating devices was performed. Results Two hundred five infants were identified, including 146 patients who were admitted to our institution (1991-2010) and 59 patients who were seen and discharged from the ED (2008-2010). Mean age of admitted infants was younger (3.5 vs. 5.3 months). Two patients (1%) required surgery for a depressed skull fracture. Overall, 18% had an intra-cranial hemorrhage. More patients requiring an admission secondary to their injuries fell from a table or counter (42% vs. 27%). Conclusion Falls sustained by children seated in a variety of devices are frequent. Failure to restrain children in seating devices or improperly placing them on a table/counter is associated with more significant injuries. In order to minimize such injuries, it is important to educate caregivers of the risk in utilizing such seating devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1071-1076
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Fall
  • Head trauma
  • Infant
  • Seating devices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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