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Some of the Strangest Causes Ever For Child Injuries

Thursday, November 26, 2015

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.

Summer Camp Injuries

Saturday, May 16, 2015

You may have sent your children to summer camp for a few weeks of fun, but you may be surprised to learn that many camp injuries occur during so-called supervised activities.

Summer camp is an annual ritual for many parents. However, according to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, many of the injuries at summer camp occur during supervised activities. Further, the risk of injuries increases when the summer camp is for a duration of 14 days or more.

Parents need to be vigilant about researching the summer camp, and must do their research well in advance to make sure that the place that they're sending their child to, is safe. Look for summer camps that are accredited by the American Camp Association. Besides, make sure that the camp that you're considering has a director who meets the minimum standards, set by the American Camp Association.

Look for a camp that meets your child's unique interests and abilities. Ensure that the camp meets all the requirements for safe transport of children, and complies with all seat restraint rules. Ensure that the camper-counselor ratio is optimum. Look at the age of the counselors, the type of training that they have and the experience that they have with children of your child’s age. Ask about the behavior management policy at the camp, and also ask about how the camp will handle emergencies and medication issues.

Don't send your child to a camp without inquiring if the camp has experienced persons on hand to perform emergency CPR or artificial resuscitation, and whether the camp requires children to wear safety equipment like a safety helmet while participating in some of the most risky activities like hiking and horseback riding.


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