Most Common Holiday Accidents That Land Kids in the ER

The holiday season is supposed to be a fun, enjoyable time of the year. However, the holidays are rife with risks of harm and injury, especially for children, so it’s important to be aware of the types of accidents that can happen to children — even send them to the emergency room. 

If you’re looking for a personalized, focused approach to getting help for your children, Trusted ER’s emergency care centers live up to their name as a trusted provider when care is needed immediately.

As hectic as the holidays are for you and your family, the holiday season is one of the busiest periods for emergency rooms, too, so it’s even more unpleasant to join the crowd there. Make it a point to avoid some of the dangers that could befall your child this holiday season.

Here are some of the common ways that children get injured and end up at an emergency room, interrupting their holiday cheer: 

Road trips

Many families hit the road during the holiday season. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death among people ages 1-54.  

More specifically, the CDC also notes that motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death among children. They advise parents or caregivers to stay current on child passenger safety tips. Ensuring that children are buckled into age-appropriate booster seats and car seats and using seat belts can reduce the risk of danger by 80%.

Dangers on the tree

Christmas trees are a delight to decorate and beautiful to behold, but their decorations pose a specific risk to young children. Holly and mistletoe are revered in holiday lore, but they’re toxic if they’re swallowed, so keep them and anything else a child can fit into their mouth out of their reach instead. The same goes for ornaments!

Dangers under the tree

Ultimately, children can’t wait to get to those gifts under the tree. Make sure the wrapping on the outside isn’t covering up unsafe gifts, which are a common cause of emergency room visits. Toys that you might not immediately suspect are dangerous can lead to serious injuries — even death.  

When you’re helping Santa find those ideal toys and presents, avoid serious accidents by paying attention to labels, making sure the items are age-appropriate and nontoxic. Educational gifts, especially those that are science-related, should be selected with special care. Many such products, such as a chemistry kit, may contain dangerous materials that are best suited for older children.

Among the last places you want to spend your holiday time is in an emergency room, right? But even when you’ve done all you can imagine to keep your child safe this season, accidents can happen.

That’s when you can turn to us at Trusted ER emergency centers, your partner in getting strong, personalized outcomes for children under your care. We have specialized pediatric care at our centers in Dallas and Coppell, Texas. 

For emergency care, come to the nearest center. If time permits, you can also give us a call, or send us a message here on our website.

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