TABLE 1

Characteristics of Bottle-, Pacifier-, and Sippy Cup–Related Injuries Treated in US EDs (1991–2010)

CharacteristicActualaNational Estimate (%)a95% CI
Total135745 39838 770–52 026
Age
 <1 y3019675 (21.3)7709–11 640
 1 y88130 139 (66.4)25 538–34 740
 2 y1755584 (12.3)4139–7030
Gender
 Male83028 235 (62.2)23 920–32 549
 Female52717 163 (37.8)14 297–20 029
Mechanism of injury
 Fall115039 100 (86.1)33 103–45 097
 Other2076298 (13.9)4977–7619
Injured body region
 Mouth95832 161 (71.0)27 252–37 071
 Head, face, or neck2708877 (19.6)7101–10 653
 Otherb1284290 (9.5)3261–5319
Injury diagnosis
 Lacerationc89731 954 (70.4)27 231–36 677
 Soft tissue injuryd1726010 (13.2)4624–7397
 Dental injury1152392 (5.3)1625–3160
 Other1725036 (11.1)3654–6417
Disposition
 Hospitalizede19
 Not hospitalized132544 536 (98.8)37 985–51 680
Locale
 Home94032 938 (95.9)27   420-38 455
 Other471396 (4.1)818–1974
Product categories
 Bottle82529 885 (65.8)25 245–34 525
 Pacifier3019030 (19.9)7108–10 935
 Sippy cup2316483 (14.3)4454–8512
  • a Some categories do not total 1357, 45 398, or 100% because of rounding. Values were missing for actual numbers of: injured body region (n = 1), injury diagnosis (n = 1), disposition (n = 13), and locale (n = 370).

  • b Other body parts include upper and lower arm, hand, finger, elbow, wrist, shoulder, upper and lower leg, foot, toe, ankle, knee, upper and lower trunk, hip, pubic region, internal injuries, and the NEISS codes for “25%–50% of the body” and “all parts of body.”

  • c Laceration includes laceration, avulsion, and puncture.

  • d Soft tissue injury includes contusion, abrasion, and hematoma.

  • e Too few cases to provide a national estimate.