Putting your steaming latte or curling iron on a
countertop isn't enough to protect grabby little hands. Children as
young as 12 months could reach onto a standard 36-inch countertop,
according to a Children's Hospital of Michigan study.
Many of the children who were asked to reach for a toy
phone could reach as far as eight inches onto the countertop, "much
farther than anticipated," says the study's lead author, Davis
Allasio. To keep kids safe from burns, the researchers suggest
parents place hot and dangerous liquids and objects at the very
back of the countertop.
And make sure you leave medicine off countertops entirely.
Children under age 6 accounted for 68.9 percent of the 100,340
drug-related emergency room visits in 2008, the latest figures from
the U.S. government's Drug Abuse Warning Network.
While the majority of children were treated in the ER and
released, nearly 9 percent of these children were admitted to the
hospital, of which 20 percent were sent to critical care. Pain
killers, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, topped the list of
drugs these children ingested at 21 percent.
Freelance journalist Rita Colorito brings you the latest health news in Chicago Parent’s Health Page.
See more of Rita's stories here.
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