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Falls most common cause of injury among children

WATCH YOUR STEP A survey shows accidental falls were far and away the leading cause of injuries among the nation's children under 12

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Accidental falls are the leading cause of injury among the nation's children, according to the results of a survey released yesterday.

The survey was conducted last year by the Bureau of Health Promotion in cooperation with the National Health Research Institutes and the National Bureau of Controlled Drugs.

It was based on the records of 3,675 children up to 12 years of age who had sought medical treatment over the previous year.

The survey results show that 7.8 percent of the children sought medical treatment for fall-related injuries, 1.5 percent for injuries in traffic accidents and 1.1 percent for burn injuries.

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In the 0-6 age group, the top three causes for children to seek medical treatment were accidental falls (62.6 percent), burns (13.2 percent) and traffic accidents (7.9 percent).

Among children aged 7-12 years old, the top three causes were accidental falls (64.1 percent), traffic accidents (15.3 percent) and sprains (5.6 percent).

The highest ratio of accidental falls among those in the 0-6 age group occurred in their own living rooms, accounting for 25.3 percent of all such accidents, while most accidental falls among children aged 7-12 years old occurred at school.

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In terms of traffic accidents, most injuries among those in the 0-6 age group occurred on motorcycles, accounting for 39.4 percent of all traffic accident injuries, while most traffic accident injuries among children aged 7-12 years old occurred on bicycles, accounting for 47.3 percent of the total.

The survey discovered that more than 80 percent of children seeking medical treatment for traffic accident injuries were not wearing a helmet, not wearing a seat belt, or not seated in a child safety seat at the time when their injuries occurred.

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