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Moses baskets are a potential health hazard

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 17 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1189
  1. M Hesseling, specialist registrar (,
  2. J A Sills, consultant paediatrician
  1. St Helens and Knowsley Hospital NHS Trust, Whiston Hospital, Prescot L35 5DR

    EDITOR—Moses baskets are commonly used items in households around the country. Some are fitted with carrying handles. Within two months in 2000 we encountered three cases of babies falling out of such baskets after an unintentional slip of the handles; two of these cases resulted in skull fractures. A possible diagnosis of non-accidental injury was ruled out.

    Close inspection of the Moses baskets showed that the handles did not seem long enough to meet in the middle (figure). …

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