"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.
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
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