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A review of stroller-related and pram-related injuries to children in Singapore
  1. Manasvin Tripathi1,
  2. Arif Tyebally1,2,
  3. Jasmine Xun Yi Feng1,
  4. Shu-Ling Chong1,2
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, KK Woman's and Children's Hospital, Singapore, Singapore
  2. 2Duke-NUS medical school, Singapore
  1. Correspondence to: Manasvin Tripathi, Department of Emergency Medicine, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, 100 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229899, Singapore; manasvintripathi{at}gmail.com

Abstract

Prams and strollers are commonly used in daily childcare. We aim to study the type and severity of injuries associated with prams and strollers in an Asian population. We performed a retrospective review of children below the age of 6 who presented to a tertiary paediatric hospital in Singapore, from January 2012 to June 2015, with such injuries. There were 248 pram-related and stroller-related injuries. The median age was 12.5 months old. 69 (27.8%) sustained open wounds, 17 (6.9%) suffered fractures or dislocations and 2 children had significant head injuries. 29 patients (11.7%) sustained injuries while on stairs or escalators. Most of the injuries (197 cases, 79.4%) occurred despite adult supervision. The need for intervention was associated with older age and entrapment injuries (p<0.001). Only appropriately sized prams and strollers without exposed hinges should be used. These should not be deployed on stairs and escalators.

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