Win with MysmartkidJoin Mysmartkid today and stand a chance to win a LeapFrog LeapPad worth R1 999!
 
Parents speak out!The Parent24 forums are the perfect place to vent, share or ask a question.
 
Search

Thousands of kids in hospital for window falls

 
Over 5,100 American kids are admitted to hospital every year due to falling out of windows.
By Frederik Joelving

Pic: Shutterstock

Article originally in Reuters
Over 19 years, researchers found, the rate has dropped only slightly.

"It really is nothing to take comfort in," said Dr. Gary Smith, who heads the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

"We continue to see this problem, especially in younger kids, despite the fact that we know how to prevent it," added Smith, who led the new work.

Between 1990 and 2008, an estimated 98,415 kids under 18 were treated at hospitals for injuries they had sustained after falling out of a window. That's about 7.3 injuries per 100,000 children, Smith and his colleagues report in the journal Pediatrics.

Toddlers led the injury statistics, accounting for two-thirds of all cases. According to Smith, that's because they're curious, don't understand danger, and have a high center of gravity.

"As they lean over, their high center of gravity will make them topple," he explained. "They almost invariably land head-first."

Nearly half the children had damages to their heads or faces, but only two in 1,000 cases were fatal.

Most of the falls happened from the second floor.

"We need to look beyond the major cities," Smith said. "Most children don't live in high-rise apartments, they live in homes."

The way to prevent falls, he added, is to ensure that kids don't have access to a window, for instance by removing furniture they can climb to get there.

Another good idea is to install window guards or stops, which some cities have already mandated. In New York, for instance, the Health Code requires apartment buildings to install guards on all windows in households with kids under 11.

"Parents need to remember that window screens simply won't be enough," said Smith.

Is this a common occurrence?
Read more on: toddler  |  care  |  safety
NEXT ON PARENT24X

Transport of death

2010-08-25 12:43

Read Parent24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 
 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.