Bottles, cups & pacifiers can cause toddler injuries

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Bottles, sippy cups and pacifiers are a big part of the life of a family with children. But, are they safe?

Morgan Sherrill is 22 months old and has a chipped tooth.

"She reached for me and fell forward and hit her face on the ottoman in front of the couch and her bottle happened to be in her mouth at the time," said Jackie Sherrill, Morgan's mother.

A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds over a period of nearly two decades, more than 4,500 children under the age of three went to the hospital for injuries related to the use of baby bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups - that's about one child every four hours.

"The vast majority of the injuries in this study were falls that children
experienced and 70 percent of the injuries were injuries around the mouth or to the mouth itself," said Dr. Sarah Keim with Nationwide Children's Hospital.

The study also found that two-thirds of the injuries were to children who were one year old - children who are just learning to walk and may trip with these products in their hands and mouths.

Morgan's mom no longer lets her daughter walk around while drinking.  She also switched to bottles with a rubber top instead of a hard plastic one.

"I don't think she may have chipped her tooth if she had that softer top on her
bottle," said Jackie.

Doctors recommend parents get rid of their child's pacifier by six months and transition to cups without lids by age one.

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