Center for Injury Research and Prevention

ICYMI April 2019: Toddler Harnesses, Traffic Gardens, Foreign Body Ingestions, and More

May 2, 2019

Below is our monthly roundup of newsworthy articles in the arena of child injury prevention.

Significant Increase in Foreign Body Ingestions

A recent study in Pediatrics found that the rate of foreign body ingestions increased by over 90 percent from 1995 to 2015, with an average of 118 ingestions per day in 2015. The most common object ingested was coins.

Learning Road Safety, On a Playground

Traffic gardens (also known as traffic parks) are an old idea making a resurgence in the DC metro area. The idea behind these playgrounds is to teach kids about road safety from a young age. 

The Safety of Kid Leashes

While there hasn't been any data that kid leashes or toddler harnesses are dangerous, some pediatricians are concerned about possible associated injuries. 

New Information Supporting Later Start Times for High School Students

A new study found that later high school start times was associated with a reduced teen driving crash risk. 

Characterizing Post 9/11 Grief Among Children

A new study explores the characteristics of grief, and found that grief reactions in youth experiencing trauma may be distinct from other post-disaster psychopathology.

Associated Factors for Development of PTSD Among Children

Children who feel that their traumatic stress reactions are abnormal or feel that they cannot cope are more likely to go on to develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new study.