by: Blessilda Stoker
Children are prone to bumps, bruises, falls during their early years of life, and these are all part of a curious and active child. Knowing some practical steps and proper planning will prevent these injuries from occurring.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1000 child deaths could have been prevented with enough knowledge on injury prevention measures and here are the five most common causes of child injuries:
Motor vehicle accidents
Injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents affect children ages 5 to 19 and are the top cause of deaths. These are serious injuries that trigger emergency room visits among kids.
Babies and toddlers can easily drown in water. Very young children have higher risks in drowning while having a bath so it’s necessary to always be cautious.
Young children are more likely to be burned by hot liquids or steam while older children are more prone to experience burns through direct fire contact. Every day, children are rushed to the emergency department due to burns.
Head and spinal injuries are the most common considerations with falls. Falls are mostly responsible for non-deadly injuries in children 0 to 19. It can lead to signs of shock or internal bleeding that places children in immediate danger.
There are common sources of poisoning for children such as household cleaning fluids, chemicals, small button batteries and medications.
It is important to be aware of these common pediatric injuries and it’s best to contact a doctor immediately for symptoms like limping, soreness, swelling & tenderness, increased pain during physical activities and difficulty in sleeping.
If you have a child that has suffered from injuries causing acute or chronic pain, kindly see pediatric specialists immediately. It’s vital for children with potentially damaging injuries to be seen as soon as possible in order to prevent complications.