Safety events to cut child injuries

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Some 15 children aged under four attended accident and emergency every week in South Holland, according to latest figures.

That total reached 72 for children under 17 who attended hospital each week in 2011/12.

And across Lincolnshire 17 children under four were taken to A&E every day – equating to more than 6,000 hospital attendances a year.

Children in this age group are most at risk out of all those uder 17 and falls are by far the most common cause of the hospital visits.

The figures also show that children are twice as likely to be injured at home than in a public place.

A series of events have been planned across the county as part of Child Safety Week to tackle the problem and show how simple measures can help prevent serious injuries and even death.

One of the roadshows will be held at Spalding’s Johnson Community Hospital minor injuries unit today from 9am to 1pm.

Parents, grandparents and carers can check they have the right safety products fitted in their home and items such as cleats to tie up loose blind cords to prevent strangulation are also available for free.

County councillor Patricia Bradwell, executive member for care, health and children’s services, said: “In 2011/12 in Lincolnshire, accidents were the most common reason for 
hospital admissions for children and young people, and many could have been prevented.

“Cuts and bruises are a normal part of growing up, the risk of serious injuries and even deaths from things like poisoning, burns or choking, can be considerably reduced if basic safety measures are put in place.”

After falls, the most common causes of A&E attendances in children are:

l being accidentally hit or hurt by an object in the home or garden

l accidentally ingesting a substance such as medicines or cleaning products.