What’s Really Behind the Rise in High Chair Injuries

by |  January 2nd, 2014
High chair injuries are on the rise, said a recent study in the journal of Clinical Pediatrics. A 22% increase in the number of high chair-related injuries was reported from 2003 to 2010. Media headlines soon followed causing, naturally, anxiety among parents with young kids. (At first glance, the figure was startling to me, too.)

Don’t be alarmed.

We don’t believe that high chairs are less safe than in years past. The rise in the number of hospital visits for head injuries is likely due to more concussion awareness, as the article states. Awareness is a good thing although can inflate the numbers.

At the same time, there is room to improve safety. We’ve seen the roll out of new designs that are all about high-tech comfort and less about safety. More often chairs are coming with reclining features yet are still marketed as ‘newborn friendly’. That means instead of putting a kid in a high chair at four or five months old when solid foods begin, parents are starting earlier. The thing is…Earlier start + not using the restraint system = more injuries.

Heed the warnings and check out these safety tips from the AAP before making the leap to a high chair.

Ari Brown, MD

411 Pediatrics


Dr. Ari Brown founded 411 Pediatrics and After Hours Care in Austin after two decades of education and experience in child development, behavioral pediatrics and pediatric healthcare. Our pediatric associates, consisting of pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and lactation consultants, share a common goal. We partner with parents to help children grow up healthy, happy, and resilient!

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