Nearly 100,000 Children Visit the Emergency Room for Stair-Related Injuries Every Year
A simple misstep or a loss of balance can quickly turn a walk down the stairs into a dangerous fall. This is especially true for kids – a new study in the medical journal Pediatrics found that a child under the age of five is injured in a stair-related accident every six minutes.
From 1999 to 2008, almost 932,000 children under the age of five were hurt on stairs. That's an average of more than 90,000 stair-related injuries every year. Particularly worrisome were the 33,500 injuries that happened when a parent or caretaker carried a child younger than one on the stairs. These injuries were three times more likely to require hospitalization.
Head and neck injuries were most common, accounting for 76 percent of emergency room visits. Additionally, roughly 88 percent of injuries were caused by simple falls while 2.6 percent of injuries were related to children jumping or riding toys down stairs.
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