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    Children on tricycles should wear helmets researchers say

    (CNN)For the past decade, we've drilled into children that when they ride a bike, they need to wear a helmet. Now scientists say it may be too late: Tricycle riders should be wearing them, too.

    Think this is a case of safety overkill? Authors of a new study published in the journal Pediatrics say the answer is in the numbers.

    According to their estimates, there were 9,340 cases of tricycle-related accidents that sent children to emergency rooms in 2012 and 2013. The most common body part injured: a child's head -- and head injuries can cause lasting damage.

    Co-author Sean Bandzar, a medical student at the Medical College of Georgia, said he noticed a few of his small patients coming in with lacerations to the face after riding trikes. He wanted to know more about the injuries and did a medical literature search, but most of the research was limited or outdated, he said.

    Using data collected from 100 emergency rooms for the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, researchers found that boys are more likely than girls to turn up in the emergency room. Two-year-olds seem to have the most accidents, although there were tricycle injuries for children up to age 7. The most common broken bone was the elbow and the most common injury overall was a cut to the face.

    In addition to helmets, the authors suggest kids wear elbow pads, and that parents supervise their children while they ride...

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