Report: Toy-Related Injuries on the Rise

This study highlighted serious concerns about scooters, wagons, tricycles, powered play cars, and other ride-on toys, all of which accounted for 35 percent of the reported injuries and 42 percent of hospital admissions. Lead study author Gary Smith, MD, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, told Today.com that the most important thing a parent can do to protect a child using these types of toys is to make sure that the child always wears a helmet.

The study found that young children are more at risk for choking on small toys and toy parts, but as they get older ride-on toys become the greatest risk, particularly foot-powered scooters. The research reports that these foot-powered scooters drove most of the injury-rate spike, and typically involved kids ages 5 to 17 who commonly sustained cuts and lacerations related to falls.

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