Toy-Related Injuries to Children Spike After Christmas
GEORGIA – An article online at wgxa.com discusses the risks associated with some toys and how the number of toy-related injuries to children increases after Christmas.*
Because of the number of gifts children receive during the Christmas season, toy-related injuries tend to spike right after the holiday. It’s not that toys are more dangerous this time of year, doctors say, but that children have received a lot more toys and have more time to play with them.
“The types of accidents that we see this time of year are really the same that we see all year round,” said Katherine Duncan, pediatrician at Navicent Health in Macon, Georgia. “But we see more of them.”
Duncan says parents can help their kids stay safe by checking the size of the pieces in toys and making sure all toys are age-appropriate. Parents of kids under age 3 should pay special attention to the pieces of toys for their kids.
“Kids under age 3 naturally put things in their mouth[s],” Duncan said. “It’s part of their development; it’s how they explore the world. So anything with small pieces, sharp pieces, and anything with magnets or buttons can be especially hard on the digestive system if they swallow them.”
Approximately 217,000 kids visit emergency departments each year in the United States for injuries associated with toys, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Duncan says if parents want to be sure to give their children safe presents, they can stick with toys that are appropriate for all ages, like blocks, books, dolls, and puppets.
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