Hand Injuries in Young Children
AbstractFour hundred and fifty five young children (0–6 years old) were treated for hand injuries between 1996 and 2000. Boys (61%) were injured more often and a higher number of injuries occurred during May and September. Fingertip injuries were the most common injuries (37%), and were often caused by jamming in doors at home. Fractures were caused by falls and punches and tendon/nerve injuries by sharp objects. The incidence of hand injuries increased from 20.4/10,000/year in 1996 to 45.3/10,000/year in 2000. Only 4% of the children had complex injuries but these placed a high demand on resources. The incidence of injuries was not higher amongst children from immigrant families.