It’s a big, scary world out there, and as parents, we try to do everything we can to keep our kiddos safe. After all, accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. But according to a new study, the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries in children are hidden in plain sight, and in your home: floors, beds, chairs and stairs all pose a risk.
The study, published in Brain Injury, used data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System–All Injury Program to examine the link between consumer products and traumatic brain injuries. Researchers found that while the cause of injuries varied by age — TBIs from home furnishings and fixtures, primarily beds, were highest among children aged one to four while children five and up tended to sustain their injuries from sports and/or recreational activities — most were caused by household items.
“Slipping, tripping and falling are very common,” Ali said. “Some falls can cause serious head injuries.”
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