McMaster Children’s Hospital is issuing a warning over the dangers of playing Pokemon Go after seeing a flood of patients into its emergency room in the past month.
The hospital said at least a dozen children have been treated for injuries related to playing the popular virtual game. Officials believe the numbers could be higher as some patients don’t always reveal the cause of how they got hurt.
“This isn’t a reason not to play the game but video games such as Pokemon Go may inadvertently lead children into dangerous places or situations,” said Dr. Anthony Crocco of Hamilton Health Sciences in a statement.
Officials say the injuries so far have been minor such as bruising and sprained ankles.
The hospital warns these incidents are a sign children are not paying close enough attention to their surroundings when out on foot trying to catch the digital pocket monsters.
“So many of the injuries we see in the Children’s Emergency Department can be prevented,” said Crocco. “We also encourage parents to make sure that their kids are playing in a safe location and using appropriate safety gear.”