Severe injuries in kids are red flag for abuse

Severe injuries, especially head injuries, in children ages 5 and younger are more likely to be the result of child abuse than accidental injury, according to the latest population-based study on child abuse, which examined data from a trauma registry network in the UK published online Nov. 23 in the Emergency Medicine Journal. The risk of serious physical abuse is highest among infants under the age of 1. Among children with abuse-related injuries, 98% were younger than 5, and 76% were less than a year old. Abuse-related injuries were more severe and more likely to involve the head/brain than accidental injuries. Boys accounted for 59% of abuse victims and 89% of those treated for injuries caused by fights or accidents.

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