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Top 3 Holiday Toys That Could Lead to Injury According to Maryland Urgent Care Facility

January 5, 2016
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The availability of a nearby urgent care facility has become a blessing to parents of young children and many young adults alike. They can be especially great during the holidays, a time when one of the approximately one billion colds Americans get each year tends to bounce from one visiting family member to a young resident, for instance. Aside from the increased risk of illness, the holidays provide another unique opportunity for an unexpected trip to an urgent care facility: New toys.

Righttime Medical Care (RMC), a company that operates 13 urgent care facilities in the state of Maryland, just released a press release via today, Dec. 22, on their ranking of the top three holiday toys that could lead to a visit to an urgent care center. Although we’ll be here if you need us, here are the three toys they believe parents should watch out for to avoid an unfortunate situation.

  1. Hoverboards: Perhaps the “it” gift among teens and adolescents this year is the innovative hoverboards. Although it can be an efficient and hip way to get around, there’s a high-risk of broken or fractured bones in the event of a fall or crash. It’s recommended people with weak core and abdominal muscles should avoid use of these devices, as it will be more difficult to control and maintain balance. Young children should avoid completely, as it does take a significant amount of motor skills to operate safely.
  2. Copters/Drones: Remote controlled toys like a quadcopter can be great sources of entertainment, but their high-speed rotors also present the opportunity for serious lacerations and eye injuries. As such, they should never be flown at or towards another person. Keep in mind, there are also FAA rules regarding the use of these devices that should be followed at all times.
  3. Airsoft Guns: Airsoft guns are essentially BB guns that shoot plastic beads at very high speeds. The types of risks should be fairly obvious, and although they should never be pointed or shot at another person, it’s still important to wear protective eye wear when using.

Urgent care centers have quickly become one of the most popular forms of healthcare in the country. Today there are well over 6,800 urgent care clinics in the U.S., where 57% of patients wait 15 minutes or less to be seen, and about 80% of all visits are 60 minutes or less, according to the Urgent Care Association of America. Take the necessary precautions and hopefully you won’t have to visit an urgent care facility due to a toy mishap this holiday season.