Scooters a Leading Cause of Toy-Related Injuries in Children

the MPR take:

The first study to provide a comprehensive investigation of toy-related injuries to children in the United States has found that injury rates have increased significantly since 1990, especially for ride-on toy related injuries since 2005. Data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) from 1990–2011 on toy-related injuries among children <8 years of age was classified according to seven toy and eight injury categories. During the evaluation period, an estimated 3,278,073 children were treated in emergency departments for toy-related injuries, with the average age of an injured child at 5.6 years. The number of injuries increased by 61.6% in 2011 compared to 1990; after 1999, this increase was driven by injuries associated with non-motorized scooters. Approximately 40% of injuries were linked to a nonspecific toy product, followed closely by ride-on toys and recreational equipment at nearly 10%. Injuries associated with a ride-on toy were 1.38 times more likely to result in hospital admission vs. other toy products and accounted for 42.5% of all hospital admissions. Protective equipment should be used with ride-on toys, especially helmets, and healthcare professionals should proactively educate parents and child caregivers about toy-related injury prevention strategies overall.

This study investigates the epidemiology of injuries associated with toys among US children by analyzing data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. During 1990-2011, an estimated 3 278 073 (95% confidence interval = 2 762 281-3 793 865) children <18 years old were treated in US emergency departments for toy-related injuries, averaging 149 003 cases annually.