Each year, approximately 25,000 children are injured by falling furniture or televisions, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some children escape with some scrapes and bruises, but many others suffer injuries much more severe.
Even the best parent or babysitter cannot have eyes on a child every second, but that is all the time it takes for a toddler or baby to go tumbling down a set of stairs. When a young child (5 or younger) falls down the stairs and needs medical treatment, a head injury is present 75 percent of the time.
Approximately one in five adolescents has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during his or her lifetime, but girls often struggle more with the lasting effects.
With Halloween activities and fall sports in full swing, October can be a particularly fun month for children of all ages. However, kids often forget about their own safety and October can be a particularly dangerous month for children.
A 16-year-old Long Island boy died from a football collision last week. The youth athlete was playing for the Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats when he was injured in what was described as a "typical football play," by school superintendent Steven Cohen.
The most popular youth sport in America needs to make serious changes immediately, according to a recent lawsuit brought against the U.S. Soccer Federation, FIFA and other organizations.
As school children anxiously count the days to summer break, it is important for parents in New York City to remember that longer days of outside play bring a greater risk of injury.
Failure to wear a bicycle helmet is dumb, even for adults. Research has shown that bicycle accidents account for more traumatic brain injuries each year than football injuries. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons found that bicycle accidents played a role in about 86,000 of the 447,000 sports related head injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2009. Football accounted for 47,000, baseball 38,394. Cycling was also the leading cause of sports related head injuries in children under the age of 14 causing 40,272 about twice as many as football.
It was a particularly devastating weekend for pedestrians in the Bronx and Brooklyn - even by NYC standards. The string of accidents caused five hospitalizations and two wrongful deaths. Most of the victims were children.