Babies who walk or run with a bottle, pacifier, or a sippy cup in their mouths are at increased risk for injury.
Researchers estimate that over 45,000 emergency room visits between 1991 and 2010 for children under 3 years old were due to baby product-related injuries. “A lot of parents baby-proof their house but don’t ever think about the possibility of an injury related to these products,” said Sarah Keim, a researcher at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and lead author of the study.
HealthDay reports that about 66% of the injuries involved a bottle or sippy cup, 86% involved a fall, and 20% were pacifier-related. These incidents usually involved babies under the age of one and led to bruising and/or dental damage.
Parents can reduce the injury risk with these products by staying in the same room with their child and minimizing the time he or she spends running with this these items in their mouths.