Burn Injuries Among Infants and Toddlers in the United States, 1997–2002

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Objectives: To determine the magnitude and causes of unintentional burn injuries attributed to hot objects or substances among children aged birth to 4 years in the United States. Methods: Data were obtained from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care System. Results: Annually, 78,000 infants and toddlers were treated in ambulatory care settings for injuries due to contact with a hot object or substance. Hot foods, curling irons, or clothing irons were the main causes of burns. Conclusions: Due to the varied causes of burns, a combination of health education and product design interventions are likely necessary to prevent these injuries.

Keywords: burns; children; unintentional injury

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.30.3.4

Affiliations: Department of Health Education and Recreation, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Publication date: May 1, 2006

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