You've got a lot of stuff at your house. Unfortunately, you shouldn't have all of that stuff. Doctors got together and collaborated on the stuff that they're afraid might be in danger of killing you.
We're being dramatic, sort of. Some of them are really bad for you. Some will actually kill you.
For instance, Dara Kass, MD, assistant professor in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, is not big on owning a pool:
"Unfortunately, every summer we see kids - even ones who can swim - accidentally fall into a pool and drown. For me, it is the fact that drowning occurs so fast, and often silently, that prevents me from ever wanting one at my house."
What prevents us is money, space, and the fact that ew have no friends to swim with. Otherwise, we'd be all in. Otherwise, go ahead and get a pool, right?
Trampolines. Hells yeah, they are fun. That being said, Ferdinando Mirarchi, MD, medical director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, doesn't really think that highly of trampolines:
"We see a lot of serious trampoline injuries...upper-body fractures, broken femurs, neck injuries. That's why most ER doctors I work with won't buy trampolines for their kids. They're all trouble."
So you can't have a pool or a trampoline. It's also time to clear out your medicine cabinet.
"People hang onto leftover pills, especially narcotic painkillers because they're getting harder to get scripts for," states Ferdinando Mirarchi, MD. "But you should always get rid of leftover medication." The rule is basically - if it's expired, get rid of it. Which seems like a fairly commonsense thing to do.
You should also always get rid of leftover pizza, but in a completely different way.
Apparently, Dr. Podolsky also isn't a big fan of extension ladders either: "We often treat people who have fallen off of high ladders, which results in serious and extensive injuries (head trauma, collapsed lungs)."
Wow, first no power washer and now this. Sounds like someone is not a fan of housecleaning!
"Over half of ER visits for children under 1 are due to falls," says Brian Fort, MD, emergency medicine physician at Central DuPage Hospital. "I wouldn't get a high chair that pulls up to the table because I've seen way too many kids use their feet to push against the table and tip their chair over backward. A fall like this from 3 feet can cause a skull fracture."
As if parenting weren't stressful enough, now I have to worry about dinner seating.
Button batteries are everywhere these days: remote controls, thermometers, games, portable LED lights, key fobs, electronic jewelry. And since they are everywhere, they are easily snatched up by kids. Says David J. Mathison, MD, pediatric emergency room physician and mid-Atlantic regional medical director, PM Pediatrics:
"Toddlers like shiny objects and will ingest them. The danger is they can get stuck in the esophagus. When a coin gets stuck, it often passes on its own. But when a button battery gets stuck, the battery acid can eat through the wall of the esophagus, causing lifelong disability."
A good rule of thumb then is to keep those button batteries out of a child's reach. Another good rule of thumb is to remember where you put them, as nothing is more annoying than searching your entire house high and low looking for one little battery.
They seem like a fun idea for a little bit of science time, but magnets are actually super dangerous for your children to hang around, especially if they have a tendency of putting things in their mouth that don't belong. If kids swallow the magnets, they can draw together and rip holes in your kid's stomach. Which doesn't sound like a fun type of day.
If your child gets their hands on a detergent pod, ingesting it can be a life-threatening event. "Either laundry pods or dishwasher pods, I do not keep them in my house. They are much more concentrated than traditional detergents, which contain large amounts of water and are much less toxic,” says Dr. Maryann Amirshahi, an ER physician at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington.
"Coins can get stuck in the esophagus, so don’t have coins lying around,” says Dr. Kass from NYU Langone. Sure, you can have some pocket change. But make sure you keep it in your pockets, and not anywhere where you kids can get their hands on it. But who has coins nowadays, anyway?