ATV Use by Children Could Seriously Injure Your Child

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Accidents involving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) have caused a sharp increase in childhood injuries.
Air Date: 12/5/12
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Charles Jennissen, MD
charles jennison resizedCharles Jennissen, MD, is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa.  He serves as the Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.  He grew up on a registered Holstein dairy farm in central Minnesota.  This plays a large part in his interest in safety and injury prevention, especially for children and teens that work and live on farms.  He is proud to have received the SAFE KIDS Iowa "People Who Make a Difference" Award in 2006.
    ATV Use by Children Could Seriously Injure Your Child
    Despite a new federal law that prohibits the sale of adult-sized all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for use by children under age 16, most ATV sellers are willing to discuss doing so, according to new research presented Oct. 22 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans.

    We will discuss at what age is it ok for teens to ride an ATV, what safety precautions parents should take, how common are injuries to kids on ATVs, and what factors are shown to contribute to injury risks.
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