Mobilizing Children or Hospital Bills?

New report shows scooters are the culprit of childhood hospital visits
Scooters are the leading cause of toy related injuries

Scooters are the leading cause of toy related injuries

COLUMBUS, OH – Every three minutes, a child is admitted to the hospital nationwide for a toy-related injury, according to a new report by the Center for Injury Research and Policy.

It wasn’t always like this.

From 1990 to 2011, the rate of injury has increased by 60 percent, according to a Journal of Clinic Pediatrics report.

“We know that numbers are increasing,” Dr. Gary Smith, director for the Center for Injury and Research Policy, told CNN. “It’s a call to action. We really do have a lot more work to do to provide safe toys for children.”

That work is in the form of eliminating scooters from the toy market this holiday season.

Mobilizing in both transportation and popularity, these “fold up” scooters are largely responsible for the 60 percent increase, reports USAToday.

The "fold up" scooter

The “fold up” scooter

“The type of toy that seemed to be driving the increase were foot-powered scooters,” Smith told CBS. “Starting in 1999, when the new style of scooter was introduced, they became more popular and injuries became more common.”

The study took twenty years of data from the U.S. Consumer Product Saftey Commision’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance database, reports CBS. The database is a “national probability sample of hospitals in the U.S. and its territories,” according to their website. It takes patient information from hospital emergency rooms that involve injury related to consumer products. This is where the 60 percent comes from.

“An amplification of prevention efforts is needed to prevent further loss of earlier public health gain,” Smith told the LATimes.

“I tell parents if there were three things you could do to prevent an injury to a child riding a scooter they would be, ‘ wear a helmet, wear a helmet, wear a helmet,'” said Smith to CBS. “It is very important that children wear helmets; an injury to the brain can be life-long and devastating, which is why it’s important to prevent that injury in the first place.”





Phoebe Moore is a Junior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. Studying Writing and Rhetoric, she hopes to pursue some sort of writing career after graduation. Outside of the classroom she is a member of the cross country team and athletic leadership core.