How safe is nursery furniture?

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Nursery furniture is a major cause of child injury resulting in more than 6500 children treated in hospital emergency departments in Australia each year.

This has prompted QUT Honours student Kim Vuong, from the university’s Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), to investigate parents’ perceptions of the safety of nursery furniture – a study that aims to reduce injury risks around the home.

“In Australia the main nursery furniture products that cause injury in infants and toddlers are prams, cots, high chairs, baby walkers, strollers, change tables and baby bouncers, with injury found to occur more frequently in the first years of life,” Ms Vuong said.

“The purpose of my research is to look at how parents perceive the safety of nursery furniture and what influence this has on their behaviours when using this furniture.”

The study is open to parents with a child three years and under and involves completing a self-report survey which takes about 45 minutes.

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(Source: Queensland University of Technology)

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Date Created: August 31, 2013 Date Modified: September 6, 2013