A study from researchers at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Center for Injury Research and Policy has found baby gates can lead to injury if used incorrectly.
From 1990 through 2010, emergency departments in the United States treated an estimated 37,673 children younger than 7 years of age for baby gate-related injuries. That is an average of 1,794 per year, or about five injured children per day.
More than 60 percent of the children injured were younger than 2, and they were most often injured by falls down stairs after a gate collapsed or when it was left open, leading to soft tissue injuries like sprains and strains and traumatic brain injuries. Children 2-6 years of age were most often injured by contact with the gate itself after climbing on it, which can lead to cuts.