The impact of finger injuries sustained by children could be lifelong, say British experts, as they warned it could lead to amputation and may result in depression and being unable to pursue a chosen career.
Children, particularly toddlers, are at most risk when it comes to finger injuries. Most commonly, children's fingers can get caught in doors or hinges, according to surgeons from the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (Bapras).
The British Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) has recorded 30,000 injuries in children annually, which either happened at home, in school, cars, nurseries, or shops. Of the figure, more than 1,500 of them needed surgery. Another 2 million kids under the age of 15 needed emergency care.
Majority of the injuries were caused by self-shutting fire safety doors, car doors, and hinges.
"It's easy to underestimate how important your hands are to doing everyday tasks. Injuries to fingers and hands mean tying your shoelaces, typing, holding a mobile phone or eating and become a lot more challenging. And still, this is nothing compared to the impact of a finger amputation," Bapras spokeswoman Dr Anna De Leo was quoted as saying.
She further explained that losing a fingertip alone can result to the loss of 20 percent hand strength. People with amputation can experience elbow pain, migraines, depression and hinder them from pursuing their career.
Certain finger injuries - the serious ones - would require the child to undergo clinic appointment, X-ray procedures, day surgery, follow-up appointment and physiotherapy.
The experts noted the use of door catchers could lower chances of injury, such as having C-shaped door stoppers which could stop the doors from slamming shut and injuring children, as well as installing hinge protectors.
Meanwhile, apart from finger injuries, Dr De Leo reminded that falls and burn injuries in stairs and kitchen are common within the household for those under four, boys in particular. MIMS
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