At Children’s Minnesota, our Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Minneapolis is the only one of its kind in the state. When it’s critical, so is your choice. We see kids in our emergency room for a variety of reasons. Here are the 10 most common:
1. Home injuries
Home may be where the heart is, but it’s also where most injuries happen. Simply due to the amount of time we spend at home compared to anywhere else, we’re bound to occasionally trip down the stairs or bump our head on a table. Make sure your home is appropriately set up for its occupants to maximize safety.
It’s no surprise due to the popularity and abundant variety of sports that it’s one of the main reasons children can land in the emergency room.
3. Playgrounds spills
Playgrounds are a common source of leading to ER trips. Play hard, but play safely.
4. Bicycle accidents
This writer had countless spills off of his bike as a kid. Fortunately, none of them led to a hospital visit. When riding, be safe and make sure you wear a properly fitting helmet!
5. Motor vehicle accidents
Accidents involving cars or other motor vehicles are the fifth-most-common reason kids visit the ER.
This one is fairly self-explanatory. Unfortunately, violent actions of all kinds are a reason we see kids in the ER.
7. Seasonal activities
This category includes just about anything under the sun, as long as it’s not an activity that takes place year-round. Seasonal activities can include snowboarding, sledding, ice skating, ATV and horseback riding.
8. Wheeled sports (skateboards, inline skates, scooters)
It doesn’t matter if there’s no motor. If there’s wheels, there’s a way.
9. Water activities
Injuries that happen in water, including slipping in the bathtub, boating accidents, swimming and diving, can lead to a trip to the ER.
Be sure to keep medications, cleaners and other potential household hazards away from children.