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This is the season that kids look forward to all year. And who wouldn’t, with a slew of new toys on the way?
Amidst all the excitement and joy of new gifts, it’s crucial to keep your children’s safety in mind.
One gift near the top of every doctor’s wish list is an injury-free holiday season. It’s a gift that is not usually received. Between 2012 and 2018, U.S. children and teens sustained over 1 million toy-related injuries that were treated in emergency departments (EDs).
A 2020 report released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reveals there were nine deaths and more than 149,000 toy-related, ED-treated injuries to children ages 14 and younger. The majority of these injuries and deaths were associated with choking on small parts of toys.
Riding toys, specifically non-motorized scooters, are also commonly associated with injuries. In children ages 5-17, riding toys account for more than 40% of toy injuries.
Obviously, the holidays are better without a trip to the emergency room. How can we keep our kids safe this season?
To make this holiday an injury-free one, keep these tips in mind:
Once the gifts are open:
Check out this Illinois Attorney General’s annual Holiday Safe Shopping Guide, which points out recalled toys and household items and kids’ products.
Learn more about our pediatric emergency care and check our ED wait times.
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