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Keep Your Child Safe at the Dinner Table

Feeding a hungry baby isn't always a picnic, but it shouldn't be dangerous.
Feeding a hungry baby isn't always a picnic, but it shouldn't be dangerous.

A recent study in the Clinical Pediatrics Journal reports an alarming number of children suffer injuries from high chair accidents.

Consumer Reports tells how to find and safely use a high chair.

Nicole Defillippo won't put her daughter Colette, into a high chair without buckling her in.

"It makes me feel better to know that she's buckled and that she's safe," Nicole said.

Nicole is being a smart mom. More than 9,400 kids a year come into the ER with high chair related injuries. That's an average of one child every hour.

Emergency room doctor Darshan Patel, has seen many injuries from high chair falls.

"These could be anything from a bump and a bruise that could result in a mild concussion, to a fracture of the skull itself or to intracranial bleeding," Dr. Patel said.

Consumer Reports does extensive testing to assess high chair safety.

One test uses more than 60 pounds of force to determine whether straps and buckles are strong enough to withstand a wriggling child. And another checks the size of the leg openings to make sure a child can't slip through. Consumer Reports says the safest high chairs have a five-point harness.

Top rated is the Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best -- which has the five-point harness and scored excellent for safety -- for 250 dollars.

The Fisher-Price E-Z Clean also has the five-point harness and is very safe. At 85 dollars, it's a Consumer Reports best buy.

And remember: a safe child is a buckled child.

Consumer Reports says although it may seem like obvious advice, make sure you always keep an eye on children when they are in the high chair even if they are buckled in.

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