Epidural haematoma and stroller-associated injury

J Paediatr Child Health. 1997 Oct;33(5):446-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.1997.tb01639.x.


We present a severe case of head injury in an infant associated with stroller use and review similar reports from the literature. A case report and a literature search of the Medline database from 1966 to 6/1996 using the terms 'perambulator', 'parm', 'stroller', or 'baby carriage'. Reports in English describing injuries associated with their use are reviewed. We report a case of epidural haematoma in a 10 months old girl who sustained the injury after falling from a stroller. Safety harnesses were not worn during the incident. There was no skull fracture. Complete recovery followed surgical evacuation of the blood clot. Five reports describing stroller-related injuries were found in the English literature. Most injuries were mild. Three cases of death were reported of which two were classified as child abuse. The prevalence of unintentional stroller-associated injury is not clear. Mild injury, mostly to the head region, is probably common. Life-threatening injuries are rare but these are potentially preventable if strollers are properly designed and safety recommendations are followed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Craniocerebral Trauma / etiology*
  • Female
  • Hematoma, Epidural, Cranial / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Equipment*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed