Injuries related to baby gates on the rise

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The number of children injured in baby gate accidents has nearly quadrupled in the past 20 years.

Research from Nationwide Children’s Hospital finds nearly 2,000 kids are treated each year after falling through or climbing on gates.  More than 60% of the children hurt were under 2. Injuries included cuts, sprains, strains and traumatic brain injuries.

When using a gate at the top of stairs, researchers recommend ones that are screwed in, not pressure-mounted. Experts say parents should also remove gates when a child turns two or when they’re able to open the gate or climb over it.

Copyright 2014 WIAT-CBS42

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