Smart Woman: Baby Gate Injuries

Published 05/05 2014 08:56PM

Updated 05/05 2014 10:26PM

"In a matter of minutes i heard a big thud down the stairs. I ran, i just knew in the pit of my stomach what it was and she had fallen over a baby gate that i had up. And fell down 14 stairs." Mother Jessica Fannon explains the ordeal she and her daughter went through when the baby gate she had up wasn't sufficient to keep her daughter from a potentially harmful fall.

New research from nationwide children's hospital finds nearly two-thousand kids are treated each year after falling through or climbing on gates.

More than 60 percent of the children hurt were under 2. Injuries included cuts, sprains, strains and traumatic brain injuries. 

When using a gate at the top of stairs, researchers recommend ones that are screwed in , not pressure-mounted.

  Jessica says as a first time parent she had no idea there were different types of gates.

She confesses, "I had a downstairs gate at the top of my stairs and that is why she fell."

Jessica is grateful her daughter was not seriously hurt and only had to spend a few hours in the emergency room. .

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