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Too young for a tricycle?

TrikeTricycle accidents send more than 9,000 children to U.S. emergency rooms each year, researchers at Emory and the Medical College of Georgia found in a study published in Pediatrics.

More than half of the trike-related visits during the years analyzed (2012-2013) involved 1- and 2-year-olds. Boys were injured more often than girls, and most injuries involved cuts, usually on the face. More serious injuries included amputations, broken bones, and internal organ damage.

“Parents need to take a good hard look at what their kids are playing on to make sure they don’t get injured,” says study co-author Hany Atallah, an emergency medicine physician at Emory. “Especially the safety features and age recommendations.”

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