The first national study of child injuries associated with bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups released by Nationwide Children’s Hospital appeared in the journal Pediatrics.
The study investigates a range of injuries requiring emergency department visits during a 20 year period. The study found:
Every four hours, a child under three years of age is treated in an emergency department for an injury related to these products
86% of the kids went to the ER because they fell while using either a bottle, pacifier or sippy cup
70% of kids suffered a laceration and 70% of the lacerations were on the mouth
Bottles are the biggest offenders, accounting for 65.8% of the injuries, followed by pacifiers (19.9%) and sippy cups (14.3%).