Toddlers and toddlers are among the fastest growing segments of the U.S. population, and a recent report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that toddlers are more likely to be involved in injuries that require hospitalization.
The National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) has published its report on toddler injuries, and its authors found that nearly one in five of the injuries they tracked were related to toddlers wearing no shoes.
The NCSL report found that while the number of toddler fatalities declined from 2011 to 2012, injuries from the injury category of “toddlers” jumped from 1,637 in 2011 to 1,717 in 2012, which is a 1.4 percent increase.
One of the most common injuries in toddlers was “sneeze,” which can result in paralysis or even death.
“This report clearly shows that toddlers wear no shoes, even when they have a medical condition that would otherwise require them to wear them,” NCSL President Tom Bearden said in a statement.
According to the NCSL, the biggest cause of injuries among toddlers is “head injuries.”
The researchers noted that about one in eight children in the United States was injured in this category of injury, and injuries related to head injuries accounted for more than $5.2 billion in hospitalizations in 2012.
But the report did note that, even among children under age 5, the number one cause of injury was not wearing shoes, but the impact of their head on their body.
For example, toddlers are about three times more likely than adults to be hospitalized because of a head injury, which causes brain damage and may also cause permanent disability.
Even in children who are wearing shoes when they injure, it’s still possible for injuries to be missed, according to the report.
Among the other findings of the report is that toddlers who are at home, at school, or on a playground are at greater risk of being injured.
Toddlers are at risk for head injuries when they play in groups with other toddlers, but they are less likely to get hurt when they sit alone, play with a partner, or with a parent.
In a similar vein, toddlers who play alone are also more likely not to be wearing shoes.
In a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers examined the risk for a toddler wearing shoes in a playground to the head and found that the risk of a toddler injuring their head in a crash was four times greater than the risk when they were sitting alone.
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