Skip to Content
Home > Patients & Visitors > Health Library > Child Safety: Strollers and Shopping Carts
Taking your child out of the house allows him or her to have new
experiences and interactions. You may start using a stroller as soon as your
baby is born and continue to do so well into early childhood. You may also want
your child to ride in a shopping cart when you go to stores. Only use
well-maintained strollers and carts. And take some general precautions to avoid
injuring your child:footnote 1
Most injuries from shopping carts involve children younger than 5
years. Fractures, internal injuries, and concussions are the most common
injuries. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that the design
of shopping carts be changed to help prevent cart tip-overs and falls from
carts. Until shopping carts are safer, the AAP strongly recommends not to use
them. Other options include using supervised in-store child play areas, taking
another adult with you to watch your child while you shop, or using a stroller
or wagon instead of a shopping cart.
If you choose to have your child ride in a shopping cart, children
should not:footnote 2
Carriers designed to sit on top of the cart or built into it do
not prevent a child from falling out. Avoid accidents by properly restraining
your child at all times in a cart, and do not leave your child unattended, even
for a moment.
American Academy of Pediatrics (2009). Keeping your child safe. In SP Shevlov et al., eds., Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, 5th ed., pp. 457–506. New York: Bantam.
American Academy of Pediatrics (2006, reaffirmed 2009). Shopping cart–related injuries to children. Pediatrics, 118(2): 825–827. Also available online: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/118/2/825.full.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Send Us Your Feedback
North Kansas City Hospital