Holidays are a time for family run, recreation, and sports. . . . They are also a time in which child suffer injuries ranging from minor child personal injuries (cuts, scratches, and minor bruises) to significant child personal injuries (fractures, brain injury, and death). A study completed by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio studied data from approximately 100 emergency room departments to determine the number and frequency of injuries resulting in emergency room treatment during holiday time periods. The study reported 5.7 million child holiday related injuries during the time period from 1997 – 2006. You can read more about this study at Labor Day Tops List of Holiday Related Child Personal Injuries.
When children are out of school or formal supervised activities, parents should be diligent in their supervision of children. It is well known that many children lack safety awareness and often times have poor safety judgment when engaged in recreational and sports activities.
While not all child personal injuries can be avoided since accidents do happen, we should all do all part to supervise children and step in when there is a potentially dangerous situation or activity engaged in by children.