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Number of baby gate-related injuries on the rise

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(WJBK) - They're meant to protect young children, but a newly published study shows baby gates are sending a growing number of kids to the hospital.  

From 1990 through 2010, more than 37,000 children were treated in emergency rooms for baby gate-related injuries. During that span, the number of injuries nearly quadrupled. The study comes from Nationwide Children's Hospital, and was led by Dr. Lara McKenzie.

Kids under two were mostly hurt falling down stairs, while those aged 2 through 6 years old cut or bruised themselves climbing on gates .  

Despite these findings, McKenzie strongly recommends families continue to use stair gates - with proper precautions.  

Doctors advise to use pressure mounted gates as room dividers and use hard mounted gates for the top of the stairs. When the child turns two, if possible, get rid of the gates to avoid the child trying to climb over or open it.

No federally mandated regulations for gate design in the U.S. currently exist.
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