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5 gifts that might land you in the ER

StoneSprings Hospital Center November 30, 2016

Tis the season for danger. In all the excitement of the holidays, we might not see the hazards in popular holiday gifts. In fact, a recent glance at the top 10 toys of this season included items that are known dangers. Check your list twice for risky items and age-appropriateness before buying.

Hover boards: The motorized boards look easy and fun – I just stand on it! - but they take balance and practice for safe use. Because they are often used indoors, without protective equipment or helmets, wrist-fractures and concussions, from falling forward or back, are common.

Magnets: For toddlers any magnet small enough to fit in the mouth is a no. Even in older children and adults, games, jewelry and crafts that contain small magnets pose a big risk. Accidentally swallowing a magnet is an automatic trip to the ER.

Batteries: Like magnets, the button batteries that come with many electronic gifts are small, shiny, and appealing. If swallowed, batteries can get caught half way down the throat or in the stomach lining and because batteries are chemically caustic, they can erode through tissue or blood vessels.

Trampolines and bouncy houses: Trampolines have long been known for their risks, but the popularity of indoor trampolines and bouncy houses have caused a spike in broken bones, head injuries and abdominal trauma. Children don’t understand the danger of bumping into each other and indoor use ups the risk that kids can fall into or onto hard objects around them.

Toy guns and plastic swords: These type of toys annually make it onto America's worst toys list by WATCH, the World Against Toys Causing Harm group, because of the risk of blunt force trauma and the violent games they encourage. Even soft darts are a danger to eyes.

Risky gifts require common sense and care. Even the safest homes contain the season’s biggest health hazard: A Christmas tree! Fragile ornaments, electric strings of lights and an incredible amount of allergy-causing pollen remind us that there’s a good reason we don’t decorate dying trees in our homes the other 11 months of the year!

It’s not fun to think about accidents and illness, but knowing where to go in an emergency is important. At StoneSprings Hospital Center, our expert emergency department is ready with advanced care 24 hours a day. Our team of board-certified physicians, nurses and clinical staff is specially trained and equipped to care for all types of emergencies. When minutes matter, choose StoneSprings Hospital Center ER.

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