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A study conducted by KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) has found that many parents are buying toys which are not age-appropriate for their young children.
SINGAPORE: A study conducted by KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) has found that many parents are buying toys which are not age-appropriate for their young children.
From January to September 2013, the hospital saw a 15-per cent rise in toy-related injuries in children below the age of five, compared to the same period in 2012.
KKH said it sees over 500 cases of toy-related injuries each year -- at least half involve children under the age of 3.
Another study on bicycles between 2008 and 2010 found that about 240 young children got their feet or legs trapped between the spokes of a rotating bicycle wheel.
Almost 40 per cent of them suffered serious injuries like fractures, open wounds and dislocations.
Dr Sashikumar Ganapathy, associate consultant of the Department of Emergency Medicine at KKH, said: "We would recommend that all children on a bicycle or around a bicycle should have appropriate footwear -- wearing something that would fully cover the foot and protect the ankles as well; something with no attached or dangling parts, like untied shoelaces and accessories."