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Accidents in the home injure four children an hour

Published on 22/06/2010
A new study has revealed the startling frequency with which children are admitted to hospital following accidents in their home, highlighting the need for comprehensive medical insurance.

According to healthcare professionals, four children are admitted to hospital every hour after hurting themselves in their own home.

Furthermore, nearly 100 babies and toddlers fill hospital beds every day, reports the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT).

Of these, 11 are admitted after consuming a poisonous substance, such as washing machine detergent, while 45 suffer injuries from falls.

However, a survey commissioned by the CAPT to coincide with the launch of Child Safety Week (June 21st – 27th), found that four in five parents of under fives believe their home is the safest place for their child.

In addition, while almost three-quarters worry about their child having a bad accident, nearly half believe there is nothing they can do to prevent it.

Katrina Phillips, the CAPT's chief executive said: "What's worrying is that ... many parents think there's nothing they can do to stop these accidents from happening or that it will take too much time and energy."

Each year around two million children are taken to hospital as a result of accidents both inside and outside the home, CAPT figures show.
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