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Mo QY, Huang DM, Xie GQ, Liang GM, Ma LZ, Fu SM. Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke Za Zhi 2013; 15(7): 559-562.


Department of Pediatrics, Zhongshan Boai Hospital Affiliated to Southern Medical University, Zhongshan,Guangdong 528403, China.


(Copyright © 2013, Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke Za Zhi)






OBJECTIVE: To investigate the causes of unintentional injuries in children and to provide reference for reducing the incidence of unintentional injuries in children. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed on the clinical data of 924 children with unintentional injuries who were hospitalized in Zhongshan Boai Hospital from January 2008 to December 2010. RESULTS: Of the 924 cases, 26.4% suffered falls, which was the most common cause of injuries, 15.7% suffered burns and scalds, 14.0% were injured by foreign bodies, and 13.1% were injured in traffic accidents. Unintentional injuries occurred mainly among children aged 0-3 years (67%). The proportion of cases in summer (July to September) was significantly higher than in any other season (P<0.05), and burns were the common causes of injuries in summer. Home was the most common place where unintentional injuries occurred (36.9%). The incidence of traffic accidents was significantly higher in non-local children than in local children (P<0.001). As for the parents' educational levels, the children whose parents had an education level below junior middle school accounted for the highest proportion of all cases of unintentional injury (45.5%). Injuried cases in rural areas accounted for a significantly higher percentage than in urban areas (P<0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Falls are the principal cause of unintentional injuries in children. Young children (0-3 years) are most vulnerable to unintentional injuries. Unintentional injuries mostly occur at home. The incidence of traffic accidents is higher in non-local children than in local children. Parents' education levels are associated with the incidence of unintentional injuries. In order to reduce the incidence of unintentional injuries in children, preventive measures must be carried out, and safety education should be enhanced in consideration of children's age, sex and family background.

Language: zh


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