CARRYING your baby in a sling or carrier when they are under one leaves them more at risk of injury, a study has warned.
The new research suggests the popular method of transporting your little one around, could actually be more dangerous for youngsters.
The study, titled “Baby Wearing Injuries Presenting to Emergency Departments, 2011-2020: A Dangerous Fashion Trend”, issued the warning.
It found young children are not only more likely to get an injury related to baby wearing, but have a higher frequency of being hospitalised after the injury.
“The most precious thing a parent will ever wear is their child,” said author CPT Samantha Rowe.
“But like when buying a new pair of shoes, parents must be educated on the proper sizing, selection and wear of baby carriers to prevent injury to themselves and their child.”
Baby-wearing or baby carrying goes back to prehistoric times and is a popular form of attachment parenting.
It brings plenty of benefits to both baby and child – including better success with breastfeeding, bonding and attentiveness from dads.
Researchers looked into the impact of baby-wearing related injuries in US emergency departments in hospitals.
They probed 14,024 cases reported between 2011 to 2020 – finding 60 per cent of the injuries happened in kids aged 0-5 months.
From those injuries 19.3 per cent needed hospitalisation, with 83.7 per cent of them having hurt their heads.
More than one out of five of all the injuries were linked to the person carrying the baby falling.
About 30 per cent of baby-wearing injuries were associated with sling carriers, and 45 per cent associated with non-specified types of baby carriers.
The authors say parents need to be aware about the risks of using baby carriers.
They also pointed out there are some products designed with additional space in the bust for breastfeeding women.
The researchers warned this may increase the risk of injury to children when the product is worn by men.
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