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Recent Health Study Indicates Stairs Can Be Dangerous For Kids Suggest Redesign

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Fewer kids are hurting themselves on the stairs than were a decade ago, according to a new report — but a U.S. child still goes to the emergency department with a stair-related injury every six minutes, on average.

 One of the study’s authors said it’s important for parents to supervise little kids when they’re on the stairs and discourage them from using stairs for games. But he added that changes in how staircases are designed might be needed in order to make a significant dent in injury rates.

“It is the exception to the rule that a home won’t have a young child living in it or visiting” at some point, said Dr. Gary Smith, head of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

“We should build environments where we know children will live or visit so that they’re safe for children,” he told Reuters Health.

Nanny State Health Study break- through  indicates some children live around stairs and it is important to  watch children around stairs.

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