Bottles, Sippy Cups & Pacifiers Can Be Hazardous to Your Kid's Health

upset toddlerMoms take note: Those cherished sippies, bottles, and binkies could be dangerous, according to  a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

It seems kids who cruise around the the house with these time-tested soothers in their mouths are ending up in the emergency room.

Researchers at the Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University combed through ER records and found that 45,398 children were rushed to the hospital with injuries caused by bottles, sippy cups and pacifiers between 1991 and 2010.

That's nearly 2,300 cases a year of lacerations to the mouth, cuts and bruises on the lip or tongue and chipped teeth. Baby bottles were the biggest offenders, making up 65.8% of the cases and newly cruising one-year-olds accounted for two-thirds of the injuries.

This should give parents a whole new perspective on the notion of baby-proofing. Plug up the electric sockets, latch commodes and cabinets but also be aware of the surprising dangers of sippy cups. Of course there are plenty of hazards that are impossible to avoid, especially if you have a rambunctious boy who scales bookshelves and kitchen islands a la Spiderman. You can't swath them in bubble wrap (I've tried) and they are way to smart to be sequestered by a baby gate (my son had that figured out by 18 months). But responsible parents do what they can to ward off those awful ER visits, even if that means parting with a beloved binky earlier than planned.

Most of those reported boo-boos occurred when children tumbled with the item in their mouths, so the solution is simple: tots should sit while they sip and parents need to break the bottle and paci habit before kids start cruising. Yes, there will be tears of protest, but getting stitches at an overcrowded ER is a heck of a lot worse for everyone to endure in the end. Point is, it's okay for a parent to be a little paranoid and act on it. It's the responsible thing to do.

Should kids be allowed to keep their bottles and binkies?

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umhas... umhassouna

Oh God. EVERYTHING is a hazard to our porcelain doll children. Are people paid to write these ridiculous stories?


Stacey. Stacey.

Yes they should be allowed. When my daughter has a sippy of milk, she sits on the couch with me or in her high chair. She only gets a paci at night, not even for naps. Taking everything away from a child is not the answer, supervision is.

umhas... umhassouna

Oh, and being "paranoid" does not equal being "responsible". In fact, being as paranoid as this article is urging parents to be can be downright dentrimental to your child's development. Honestly, is just any person allowed to give out parenting advice?

Parents: Do what you feel is best for your kid. Don't be guilted into being paranoid.

irishk85 irishk85

I agree supervision is the answer.and when my son is able to run and walk around you suggest he use a glass? Because I am pretty sure he could do just as much damage with a sippy cup as he could with a bottle

mommy... mommy2annaliese



eyeroll* being paranoid, isn't being responsible.  Taking away your childs everything isn't going to help, everything is a hazard when your a baby, but its rare that a very serious accident happen from a binky.

mommy... mommy2annaliese

Hazards are everywhere, it's a part of life.

be responsible, supervise your child at ALL times, that is the best baby proofing.

eye's on the baby and off the iphone.

the4m... the4mutts

I want to say 2 things, 1st, the injured numbers are probabl higher. 1 of my kids split their lip on a binkie, and later on a sippy. I did not take them to the ER or DR. I could tell by looking that stitches wouldn't be needed. So I'm sure there are plenty of other parents who didn't take their child either.


So what? Kids get hurt. They skin knees, they get scrapes and cuts, and they even break bones. My 8yr old just got his cast off from a broken arm he got at school.

I'm not saying not to get your children treated if they're hurt. I happen to have an Rn at my disposal who can help me decide if my kids need a dr. What I'm saying, is that you can't shelter them out of fear that they might get hurt.

Falling down teaches balance, bumping heads into the kitchen table teaches them to watch where they walk. Can't keep them swaddled forever!

nonmember avatar HS

This is a stupid article. Over-sensationalized (if that's even a word). ONLY 2300 cases a year out of the millions of children in the US. Really? Stop trying to scare people with nonsense. *smh*

Todd Vrancic

So how come my kids ran around with bottles, sippies, and pacifiers and never got hurt?  I'm sure my kids weren't indestructible and they fell as often as other kids fell so what did I do differently?

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