A news report published on usnews.com states that pediatric surgeon Dr. Rony Marwan is asking parents to take more care when allowing children to drive or ride ATVs. According to the pediatrician from the University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia, he has witnessed too many children injured or killed in all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crashes. Dr. Marwan said that his children are not permitted to ride in ATVs after he has seen the horrific effects of ATV accidents.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, every hour, there is an average of four children transported to U.S. emergency rooms for treatment of ATV accident injuries. Between 1982 and 2015, there have been approximately 3,000 ATV-related fatalities. The American Academy of Pediatrics is working hard now to issue a new report regarding ATV safety and issuing a policy statement that will warn parents about the significant dangers of ATVs.

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ new policy statement will advise parents to keep their children off of ATVs.

Dr. Charles Jennissen, a study author, said that children under 16 should not operate or ride on an ATV. Dr. Jennissen works as a clinical professor of emergency medicine for the University of Iowa Health Care. Jennissen said that new research suggests that the amount of fatalities and injuries involving ATVs has been on the rise since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of injuries and deaths have increased because teens and small children aren’t wearing helmets, riding with passengers, riding on paved roads, and riding at night.

The most common ATV-related injuries include bruises, dislocations, bumps, cuts, and fractures. However, a rollover accident could cause trauma to the head, chest, abdomen, or spine. Dr. Marwan warns that children riding on ATVs can be thrown off, resulting in severe blunt injuries to the head, belly, and chest, or the child could be pinned underneath an ATV.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, over 90% of injuries and deaths amongst ATV riders under the age of sixteen happened in an adult-size vehicle. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that children do not have the mental, physical, and cognitive means to operate ATVs, particularly adult model ATVs. Sixty percent of ATV fatalities occur on public roadways. This is why children should stay off ATVs and never drive on public roads.

The new policy statement was posted online in the journal Pediatrics.

Some safety tips that will help keep your children safe incluce:

  • Never allow kids under the age of six on an ATV.
  • Do not drive ATVs on the road at night.
  • Make your children wear a helmet.
  • Make your child wear protective items such as eye protection, boots, long pants, gloves, and a long-sleeved shirt or jacket.
  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Have your child get training on how to operate an ATV from a qualified instructor.
  • Never ride an ATV with more passengers than seats.

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