High rates of falls from cots and playpens

FALLS from cots, playpens and bassinets are resulting in high rates of soft tissue injuries of the head or neck among US children. 

Around 181,654 children younger than two were treated in emergency departments for such injuries from 1990 to 2008. 

Most involved children falling in cribs (83.2%), followed by playpens (12.6%) and bassinets (4.2%). 

“Greater efforts are needed to ensure safety in the design and manufacture of these products,” the authors said.

Pediatrics 2011; 127:479-486