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article imageHeadbutts and Pokes Can Send Mom and Dad To The ER

By KJ Mullins     Jun 15, 2009 in Lifestyle
When you grow up I hope you have a kid just like you are! That threat is resounded repeatedly and it could have happened right after you headbutted your mother as a toddler. Toddlers can be dangerous little buggers.
It's not just Kiefer Sutherland that headbutts, he may have honed that habit as a toddler.
It's one of those little secrets that no one talks about, toddlers can bring stars to your eyes when they get ticked off. Parents are not often warned to be on the lookout of injuries from their tiny tots but they should be. Those headbutts and jabs from tiny fingers can hurt.
No one wants to admit that their tyke broke their nose or gave them a concussion but it happens. Toddlers have hard heads and those heads can inflict damage when they connect with their parents.
Those little fingers can also give a nasty poke. Kris Cambra knows that too well after having her corneal cut by son Truman, 2.
MSNBC reports:
“Think of having a paper cut on your eye,” says Cambra, 34, of New Bedford, Mass., who was diagnosed with a corneal abrasion.
“The doctor used an ultraviolet light to look at my eye and then she said, ‘Yep, you have a scratch on your cornea and it's shaped just like a fingernail,’" she says.
Judy Ward, a nurse at St. Louis Children's Hospital has taken calls over the past 12 years from injured parents. The good news is that the little terrors didn't mean to hurt mom and dad. The bad news? Toddlers will continue to headbutt and poke until the end of time as we know it.
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