Boys more prone to injury than girls, AIHW report suggests

Date: Nov 23, 2012

Young boys seem more susceptible to catastrophic injury than young girls, the latest report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) suggests.

Released yesterday (November 22), the report is entitled Trends in hospitalised childhood injury in Australia: 1999 – 2007.

The study revealed that, on average, 60,000 children are hospitalised due to injury every year. During the 1999 to 2007 period, close to half a million children were admitted to hospital for this reason – 295,100 boys and 176,300 girls.

Of these injuries, falls were found to be the main cause. However transport related accidents were also frequent, as the second-most common reason for injury.

While some accidents are just that – accidents – this report does highlight the importance of keeping our little ones safe.

The high rate of transport-related injuries is also a little concerning. Parents may want to know that if their children are ever the victim of a pedestrian injury, or in a car accident due to the fault of another motorist, you may be able to claim compensation on their behalf.

Compensation can cover medical and trauma costs, as well as loss of wages for you if you have to look after your child.

There are lawyers in Sydney that can review your case and help you make a claim.

Parents may want to keep a particularly close eye on their children when they learn to ride bikes, with bicycle accidents the most common type of transport-related injuries.
Motorbike accidents were also common among children aged 10 to 14, further highlighting the importance of adult supervision.

Another cause of injury is due to poisoning or the effects of smoke, fire, heat and hot substances (for example a toddler consuming dishwasher liquid or a young child touching a hot iron).

AIHW spokesperson professor James Harrison said that the statistics for injuries did not change hugely during the reporting timeframe.

“The rate of hospitalised injury for children did not change by much over the reporting period, with a fall of less than one per cent per year overall,” he said in a statement.

“The only significant decline was in poisoning by pharmaceuticals, which on average fell by 7.5 per cent a year, from about 2,600 cases in 1999-2000 to about 1,600 cases in 2006-07.”

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