Childhood Injuries: 8 Things ER Doctors Do Not Have in Their Homes by Ann Marie Patitucci

Kids' Health
11 months ago

Childhood Injuries: 8 Things ER Doctors Do Not Have in Their Homes

Parents may have different parenting styles, but we all have one thing in common: we want to keep our kids safe and healthy. My own mom, one of my parenting role models, has told me for years that her daily prayer has always been, “God, please keep my kids healthy and safe.” This is still her prayer, though my siblings and I are now in our 30s and 40s (and now she includes her grandkids).

This universal parenting focus on health and safety had me wondering what we can control (because we all know that so much is out of our control, as much as we may hate that!). Hence, my research took me on a journey to find out what ER physicians advise, given all the injuries and tragedies they witness on a daily basis. 

Here are eight things that ER doctors do not have in their own homes:

  • trampolines
  • button batteries
  • swimming pools
  • power washers and extension ladders 
  • guns
  • Ramen noodle soups
  • old pain pills 
  • high chairs that pull up to the table

For details on why ER doctors do not advise having these items in your home, visit

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Julie Rose
Interesting, especially ramen soup??
Ann Marie Patitucci
Ramen noodles and similar soups are a common cause of burns. Reene McGreevy, a school nurse, mentions them below.
Reene McGreevy
I find this super interesting and as a nurse I agree with some (old pain pills being one of them). But I also feel like there is a thing as being overly cautious. Kids can get just as hurt falling down stairs and jumping off furniture. We have a pool and we remind our son constantly about pool safety. HOWEVER, this is very interesting to me because just this last week I saw a SEVERE burn caused by hot ramen noodles being spilled on an arm accidentally when taking them out of the microwave! Thank you for sharing this!
Ann Marie Patitucci
Thanks for sharing your parental AND professional perspective, Reene McGreevy !
Mike Prochaska
No way am I getting rid of our trampoline
Mike Prochaska
You can’t bubble wrap your kids! Your going to end up in the ER one day! I still remember all my adventures to the ER as kid for stitches... but good tip to try and cut down the amount of times.. love our tamplolne even if it might mean a future trip to ER lol

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