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Why do children have accidents?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Children are prone to accidents because of a subconscious seesawing within them. They usually underestimate the risk level of a situation, often because they haven't experienced it yet. Makes sense, right? Why else would they try to climb a slippery piece of playground equipment? Kids are hardwired at an early age to act, not to think, reason, or calculate. That's a good thing, most times. Otherwise, they'd never explore or learn, and they'd be content spending their whole lives sitting and not doing. And there's even an evolutionary reason for it: Risk-taking behavior can lead to innovations that improve the chance of survival. Essentially, we're wired to make mistakes and learn from them.
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