By LiveScience Staff
updated 1:55 p.m. ET, Mon., July 13, 2009
Slips and falls in the tub and shower are sending injured U.S. kids to the emergency room at a surprising rate — 120 daily — with most injuries occurring in children under 4 years old, a new study finds.
The research, which will be published in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics, adds another worry to parents' list of household dangers.
The new study is based on a nationally representative survey of bathtub- and shower-related injuries to children 18 years and younger in the United States. An average of more than 43,000 kids are treated in hospital emergency departments annually for these types of injuries, according to the study.
The new analysis shows that children age 4 and younger accounted for more than half of all bathtub- and shower-related injuries. About 60 percent of the injuries were lacerations (cuts and tears to the skin) and more than 20 percent were sprains and other soft-tissue injuries.