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Study: Number of Children injured in baby gate accidents quadrupled

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A new study finds the number of children injured in baby gate accidents has nearly quadrupled in the past 20 years.

Jessica Fannon baby proofed her home to keep her daughter Ella safe. That included a baby gate by the stairs.

"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, said Fannon.

New research from Nationwide Children's Hospital finds nearly 2,000 kids are treated each year after falling through or climbing on gates.

"Parents are trying to do the right thing in terms of keeping their child protected. The bad news is that they may not always be installing the right type of gate in the right area," said Dr. Lara McKenzie from Nationwide Children's Hospital.

More than 60 percent of the children hurt were under 2-years-old. 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.

"In those situations you want something that is mounted to the wall that won't easily be pushed through," said Dr. McKenzie.

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

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

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

Experts say parents should also remove gates when a child turns 2 or when they're able to open the gate or climb over it.

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