In a recently viral TikTok video, pediatric emergency medicine physician Dr. Meghan Martin shared her top 5 gifts that can cause injuries in kids and land them in the ER for the holidays.
@beachgem10 Top 5 gifts that can cause injuries in kiddos and land them in the ER fornthe holidays #Top5 #Christmas #Shopping #Dangerous #Emergency ♬ original sound – Beachgem10
5. Anything with a button battery
“They keep those little compartments closed with these little cheap screws. It’s not worth it. They can literally kill kids and they do every year,” said Martin.
4. Water beads
“There are sold as sensory toys, but little kids can ingest them when they’re small and they can get larger and cause bowel obstructions. And they can cause problems with pets, too,” said Martin.
3. Electric scooters
“Kids get going way too fast on these, they hit a bump, they go flying, they mess up their faces, their arms, their heads. It’s bad news bears,” said Martin.
“We see so many hoverboard injuries right after Christmas. They break their forearms and their elbows and sometimes their heads. Also, they can literally light your house on fire,” said Martin.
“Number one should not be a surprise to anyone – it is trampolines. I detest trampolines. They literally keep the emergency department and the orthopedics team in business. It doesn’t matter if you have a net, it doesn’t matter if it’s buried in the ground. Most of the injuries actually happen on the trampoline,” said Martin.
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