-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Falls are the most common
cause of injuries suffered by children of teen parents, a new study
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's
Medical Center looked at the causes and types of injuries suffered
by children of teen parents. The study included 764 patients
younger than age 7 who were treated in the emergency department
between 2009 and 2011.
The most common causes of injuries were falls (45 percent) and
ingested objects (9 percent). The most common types of injuries
were bruising/skin marks (49 percent) and fractures (17
During the study period, the number of dislocations -- all of
which were in the elbow and caused by pulling on an outstretched
arm or picking up a child by means other than under the arms --
increased from 4 percent to 7.7 percent. The proportion of head
injuries rose from 1 percent to 5.6 percent.
The study appears in the current issue of the
Journal of Pediatrics.
The number of children born to teen parents in the United States
has decreased since the 1990s, but these children are at increased
risk for accidental and abuse-related injuries, according to a
journal news release. This higher risk may be due to the fact that
many teen parents are poor, uneducated and lack the necessary
supervision and safety skills.
In the new study, 93 percent of the injuries were unintentional
or likely unintentional. Children with intentional injuries had
higher rates of hospital admission, head injuries, multiple
injuries and death.
"Injury prevention efforts for teenage parents should be devoted to preventing falls and foreign body ingestions," study author Brian Robertson said in the news release.
These programs should help teenage parents improve their
parental supervision skills and learn how to make their homes safer
by identifying and correcting injury hazards.
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