Heavy toilet seats can be hazardous to little boys

By Anne Harding

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Parents of newly toilet-trained boys should take a few simple steps to keep their sons’ penises safe when they go to the bathroom, a team of UK urologists advises.

There’s evidence that crush injuries due to falling toilet seats may be on the rise, Dr. Joe Philip of Leighton Hospital in Crewe and colleagues warn in a letter in BJU (British Journal of Urology) International.

While he and his colleagues typically see just one or two such cases a year, if any, Philip told Reuters Health, they treated four different two- to four-year-old boys with penile crush injuries in the past several months.

“Thankfully all of the four had only the foreskin swelling, but obviously there’s a lot of anxiety for the parents and the kids,” Philip said. All of the boys were kept in the hospital overnight until they were able to urinate, but none of them suffered lasting physical damage, he added.

In each case, the youngster was trying to urinate on his own and had lifted the toilet seat, only to have it fall back down. An industry report states that wooden toilet seats are becoming more popular as a possible explanation for the increase in injuries.

Philip and his colleagues offer the following tips to help families of young boys prevent these injuries from happening:

Install “soft fall” toilet seats in every bathroom in the home, and ban heavy toilet seats made of wood or ceramic from homes with young boys.

Leave the toilet seat up at all times, until all of the boys in the household can hold the seat up on their own.

Supervise children every time they visit the bathroom.

Constant supervision can be difficult, Philip conceded, especially during holiday gatherings when a youngster may steal off on his own to demonstrate his newly-found skill. “Children want to show that they are independent,” he said.

SOURCE: British Journal of Urology International, December 2008.

Source

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Related Posts:


By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Overweight kids are more likely to sustain arm and leg fractures in car crashes than their thinner peers, a study out this month in the journal Injury Prevention shows. The reasons why are not clear, Dr. Keshia M. Pollock of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in

Full Post: Car crash injuries differ for heavier children
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Obese people have the right to two seats for the price of one on flights within Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Thursday. The high court declined to hear an appeal by Canadian airlines of a decision by the Canadian Transportation Agency that people who are “functionally disabled by obesity” deserve

Full Post: Obese have right to 2 airline seats: Canada court
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health officials warned young people on Thursday against “car surfing” in which a person rides on top of a moving vehicle, and said at least 58 people had died doing it since 1990. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report that injuries or deaths were reported in 31 states,

Full Post: “Car surfing” has killed 58 people: health officials
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Otherwise healthy older children and adolescents who visit high-altitude destinations may develop acute mountain sickness in the first few days after they arrive, results of a study indicate. Their symptoms are apt to be relatively mild - mainly headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness and trouble sleeping - and will resolve rapidly, the

Full Post: Children may suffer mild altitude sickness
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An enlarged prostate due to benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, can be safely and effectively removed using a type of minimally invasive single-keyhole surgery, researchers report. The procedure, known as single-port transvesical enucleation of the prostate, or STEP, is “indicated in patients with large (greater than 80 to

Full Post: Large prostates removed with single-keyhole surgery

Site Navigation

Most Read

Search