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Put Children's Safety at the Top of Your Holiday Shopping List

Annual Report Shows Toy-Related Injuries to Children Continue to Rise
Shopping for the holidays is already in full swing!   With stores and online retailers already offering sales and discounts to consumers, it is important that children's safety be at the top of the shopping list. 
 
In the most recent report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), injuries related to toys actually increased from the previous year.  There were nearly 186,000 injuries that required emergency room treatment for those ages 15 and younger in 2009, compared with approximately 173,000 in 2008.  And, nearly half (90,600) of those injuries were to children less than 5 years of age. The majority of injuries were to the head and face area, including the eyes. Lacerations, abrasions and contusions made up most of these injuries.   
 
To help ensure a safe holiday season, follow these tips:
 
The holidays should be spent with friends and family, not in the emergency room.  By taking a few, easy safety precautions, we can keep the festivities happy and healthy!
 
This article is based on information provided by Prevent Blindness Ohio and was adapted for use on NetWellness with permission, 2010.

 

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Last Reviewed: Dec 20, 2010

Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University