NEW YORK – For parents, there’s no worse feeling than watching your child suffer an injury. Although many parents do everything they can to prevent injuries to their children, accidents still happen but a new report found that accidents occur more often than you may think.
The study, released by the Irish Institute of Public Health (IPH) found that 16 percent of 3 year-olds have had an accident or injury that required a hospitalization.
Queens defective product attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say many injuries suffered by children are due to unsafe toys or items found around the house.
“Many toys have small parts – or they can break into small pieces, posing a choking hazard to many young children,” Ross Cellino, a Queens defective product attorney at Cellino & Barnes said. “Sometimes, toy makers don’t warn parents about these hazards even though they’re required to – so it’s always important to supervise young children.”
Many toys made for older children can be extremely hazardous to toddlers who aren’t yet aware of the risks. The Irish study found that 3 year-olds in households with other children and just one parent were most at risk of injury.
The study also determined:
-Boys were injured much more frequently than girls.
-Children who have parents with a health condition had a higher risk of injury
-Children who have parents with little to no formal education had a higher risk of injury
The report noted that “gender differences in activity levels and risk-taking behavior, gender socialization and gender-related patterns of parental or adult supervision” raised the risk for boys.
Several other studies examined the psychology behind parenting and found that most parents supervise children differently depending on their child’s gender – with boys receiving less supervision than girls.
“There are so many products on the market today that can be potentially dangerous to your children and under the wrong circumstances, a toddler can get severely injured,” Cellino said. “Supervising your child is the best way to reduce their risk of injury but sometimes supervision isn’t enough.”
Some toys are marketed as ‘safe products’ but defects can make them dangerous for young children. Many toy companies face lawsuits each year due to negligence or unreported hazards.
If your child is ever injured due to a dangerous toy or other household item, Queens defective product attorneys suggest contacting Cellino & Barnes immediately to discuss your legal options.