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Health Tip: Keep Baby Safe in a Stroller

Don't leave the child alone

(HealthDay News) -- Strollers, like the infants they're designed to transport, come in all shapes and sizes. But how do you know which ones are safe?

The Nemours Foundation says in addition to heeding basic safety precautions, you should pay attention to these safety issues:

  • Make sure the stroller doesn't have parts that can choke a child or pinch little fingers.
  • Make sure the leg openings aren't so large that the child could slide through them.
  • Make sure the stroller travels in a straight line, even when pushed with one hand.
  • When the stroller back is reclined, close the opening between the grab bar and the seat to prevent your child's head from becoming trapped.
  • Don't ever leave your child alone in a stroller, particularly when the child is sleeping.
  • Don't pad the stroller with a pillow or blanket.
  • Don't use the handles of the stroller to hang shopping bags or diaper bags. A child could become tangled.
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