Navigation Links
Most Holiday Injuries to Kids Spurred by Everyday Mishaps

More than 500,000 a year wind up in ER during major U.S. holidays, researchers find,,

TUESDAY, April 6 (HealthDay News) -- While more kids are injured during the holidays, it's not too many chocolate bunnies, stray fireworks or glass decorations that do the most damage, a new study shows.

Rather, it is the routine slips and scrapes that children are more likely to fall prey to, the researchers from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, noted.

"Although people participate in unique activities around the holidays, the greatest proportion of injuries were not actually holiday-specific," said study author Christy Collins, a senior research associate at the hospital's Center for Injury Research and Policy.

"We need to work not only to prevent injuries that are holiday-specific, but we must also continue efforts to prevent injuries from everyday activities on the holidays as well as throughout the year," she said.

The report was released online April 5 in advance of publication in the May print issue of Pediatrics.

For the study, Collins and her colleagues collected data on some 5.7 million injuries suffered by children during the holidays between 1997 and 2006.

The researchers found that most of the injuries happened in the five days around Labor Day, followed by Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Halloween.

Most of the injuries were from sports, recreation or related to things in the home, not from activities that were specifically connected to the holiday.

For example, as expected, injuries from fireworks happened on the Fourth of July, but these made up only 2.9 percent of injuries in the five-day period around the holiday.

The majority of injuries were to the face, fingers, hands and head. The most common injuries were lacerations, contusions and abrasions, fractures, sprains and strains.

Most of injuries that happened on holidays were sports- and recreation-related. In addition, injuries from falling down stairs and falling over furniture were also common, the researchers found.

"Parents need to be aware that sometimes in the excitement of the holiday environment and activities it is also important to prevent those everyday injuries like the slips and the falls and the bicycle-related injuries, the sports and recreation injuries," Collins said.

Dr. Michael J. Mello, director of the Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, said that "no one wants to spend a holiday in the emergency department, but this article tells us that about 500,000 families do that each year for an injury to a child or adolescent."

These holiday-related injuries are frequently preventable, Mello added.

"Parental supervision may be compromised during busy holiday events," he noted. "It is not what parents want to hear, that when they were looking for a holiday and to relax that they must continue or even increase their parental supervision," he said.

More information

For more information on childhood injuries, visit Safe Kids USA.

SOURCES: Christy Collins, M.A., senior research associate, Center for Injury Research and Policy, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio; Michael J. Mello, M.D., M.P.H., director, Injury Prevention Center, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, R.I.; April 5, 2010, Pediatrics, online

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Jim Huber to Serve as National Spokesman for Know Your Score: Fight Prostate Campaign at Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday in August
2. After the Holidays Families Recognize Changing Needs of Aging Parents and Loved Ones
3. Mother and Son Spend Holidays Free of Drug Addiction
4. Jackson & Coker Produces Online Video Holiday Message for Hospitals and Medical Providers
5. Long Island Children's Orthodontist, Dr. Inna Gellerman, Celebrates Season of Giving with Holiday Drives and Events
6. Dont Invite Holiday Stress Into Your Home
7. Eat Up, But Eat Healthy This Holiday Season
8. Twas the Night Before Christmas: First Lady Michelle Obama Reads the Holiday Classic
9. Drug And Alcohol Rehab Clinics Professionals Prepare For The Christmas And New Year Holidays
10. Kids Can Pass Pneumonia Bug to Older Relatives During Holidays
11. Food Safety Leader National Pasteurized Eggs Searches for Best Holiday Recipes
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is excited to announce they ... to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. Comfort Keepers provides ... life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical treatments is one of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the ... Genome magazine’s Code Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients and their families ... to be presented at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Haute Living, is proud to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as a prominent ... “the most beautiful women in the world, and the most handsome men, look ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... the Frederick area economy by obtaining investment capital for emerging technology companies. ... years that have already resulted in more than a million dollars of capital ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Venture Construction Group (VCG) ... held on June 20th at the Woodmont Country Club at 1201 Rockville Pike, ... organization dedicated to helping service members that have been wounded in battle and their ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 , ... Thursday, July 7, 2016 , , , , LOCATION: , ... , , , , EXPERT PANELISTS:  , , , Frost ... Industry Analyst, Christi Bird; Senior Industry Analyst, Divyaa Ravishankar and Unmesh ... The global pharmaceutical industry is witnessing an exceptional era. Several ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Revolutionary technology includes multi-speaker listening to ... leaders in advanced audiology and hearing aid technology, has ... the world,s first internet connected hearing aid that opens ...      (Photo: ) , ... firsts,: , TwinLink™ - the first dual ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... States, China, Japan, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, ... Surgical Procedure Volumes: Global ... surgical procedure volume data in a geographic context. The ... of growth drivers and inhibitors, including world population growth, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: