People use the Internet for a variety of reasons. Some like to play games, read the news, or follow their favorite sports teams. Many people pay bills online. Some like to learn unusual facts about a variety of topics. There are facts about child injuries you may find amazing. You will stop and think. Some of the ways children suffer injuries are quite unusual, and these are some of the strangest causes ever for child injuries:
- Bounce houses are fun, or are they? Nevertheless, 30 children go to the hospital daily after playing in a bounce house.
- Almost 700 Americans suffered injuries in 1995 after swallowing Christmas ornaments. Although this could have included adults too, do you know any adults that swallow them?
- Thousands of people suffer injuries every year after pillow fights. Remember having them with your brothers and sisters when you were younger?
- Small, shiny, round button batteries power cameras, television remotes, toys, and watches. Thousands of children swallow them and end up in the emergency room. The website, livescience.com, reported more and more children are swallowing high voltage lithium batteries, and that 84% of the children who went to the emergency room in between 1990-2004 for injuries involving batteries swallowed just such a battery. "The battery can lodge in the esophagus, where it can burn a hole in less than two hours," the website reported.
- They're designed to protect children, but did you know many little ones get a rash, called a car-seat dermatitis, after sitting in one? Dermatologists believe foam in the seat causes an allergy, and it can many times be prevented by placing a sheet, or other soft padding, between the baby and the seat.
- Did you ever play a counting game with your baby son or daughter's toes and fingers? Sometimes just such a game can cause a hair or a piece of thread to get caught around their tiny digits and cut off circulation.
- Many children suffer injuries when they mistake colorful laundry pods for candy and swallow them.
- More than 23,000 children go to the emergency room annually from an injury caused by a shopping cart, according to the American Association of Pediatrics.
- A total of 15 children suffer injuries annually by fireworks, for every one hurt by using school supplies.
- Many children get choked on magnets. Children, or even teens, often swallow them after pretending they are lip or tongue piercings or playing with them. Those who swallow two or more of them might even be in more danger. They can cause tissue damage, damage to the intestines, obstructions, or even death, as they attract each other. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported 200 incidents of children swallowing magnetic balls since 2008, with some children needing emergency surgery.
Regardless of whether a child is hurt in a bounce house, by fireworks, or in a shopping cart, nobody wants to see a little one injured. Sometimes a parent or guardian who believes someone's negligence caused an injury might even consider legal action. Feel free to contact us to talk about this or any other matter.
Valley News Live published an article on helping children feel better after an injury.