High risk of harm from baby bottles
In the US, one child is treated in a hospital emergency department every four hours for injuries related to these everyday products.
Analysis of data from the US National Electronic Injury Surveillance System covering two decades found 45,398 cases of this kind of injury among children younger than three years.
Baby bottles accounted for 66% of injuries, followed by dummies at 20% and sippy cups at 14%.
Most injuries were lacerations or contusions to the mouth or face, mainly due to falls while walking or running with a baby bottle in their mouth.
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