Toy-Related Injuries Increase Due to Scooter

As the holiday season rolls around, consumers are met with the challenge of finding the right flood of toys with which to shower the children in their lives. While choosing between something educational, something to get the kids outside, or that electronic game children been coveting for months, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family friends should be aware that toy-related injuries have increased over the past few decades and that some toys are safer than others.

A new study recently published in Clinical Pediatrics shows that the uptick in toy related injuries is mostly linked to the kick scooter. Made popular in the early 2000’s, the foot-powered scooter has been related to 52,500 injuries and one death in 2013 according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Another toy high on the list of causing injuries are bikes. CPSC has reported that 252,400 emergency room visits made by children and teens in 2013 were related to bicycles, more than all toys combined.

We want to see kids be adventuresome. We want to see kids play. But you need to think about the consequences if a toy is not appropriate for them,” said Kate Car, president of Safe Kids Worldwide, an advocacy group.

Gary Smith, researcher and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, emphasized the importance of helmets and Razor, a major producer of kick scooters, recommends elbow and kneepads be worn while riding their scooters. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children younger than 8 should be closely monitored while using scooters.

 

Read More – Study Says Scooter Leads The Toy Injury Pack (USAToday, Kim Painter)

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Originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland, Millan is a senior at the George Washington University studying Biological Anthropology.

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