The Christmas period is often billed as the silly season, and around this time many accidents can happen, with many children often falling off new bikes or skateboards.
A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and the NSW Commission for Children and Young People on December 17, found that more than 23,000 children and young people in NSW were hospitalised due to injury between 2009 and 2010.
"Overall, falls were the most common cause of hospitalised injury, accounting for 39 per cent of cases," said AIHW spokesperson Professor James Harrison.
"The most frequent type of fall involved playground equipment, followed by skateboards and scooters. Transport injuries were also common, making up 14 per cent of hospitalised injuries in children and young people," Professor Harrison said.
The report, titled Serious childhood community injury in New South Wales 2009-10, provided information on long term trends, finding that boys were more likely to get injured than girls and that the rate of injury for boys increases 'steeply' with age.
The festive season is a time of year that you might consider getting health insurance.
A family health insurance plan can help to ensure you and your loved ones get the appropriate care and treatment.