A new study reveals "mischievous" young boys between the ages of one and five are more prone to burn injuries. The study was conducted by a team from Goa Medical College.
The team studied 271 paediatric patients who were treated at the Goa Medical College for their investigation. Rashmin Roy and Yuri Dias Amborcar, lead authors of the study, say this is likely to due to their “mischievous nature and greater activity levels.”
“Males (56 per cent) were affected more than females (44 per cent), similar to reports from previous studies. This may be attributable to the mischievous nature and greater activity levels of boys.” authors of the study told a news portal.
The team also found 70 per cent of paediatric patients admitted to the hospital for burn injuries were below five-years-old. “Infants and toddlers learn to be mobile at this age. They start actively searching and reaching out to their environment and readily encounter hazards in the home. Children between ages one and five in our study were seen to be at the greatest risk of all," author of the study told a news portal.
Adding, “It is attributed to the fact that children are many times left unattended at home and they are too young to understand the dangers of being in the vicinity of injurious agents. Our study showed almost 70 per cent of the patients were below five years of age and had male sex predominance, both of which conform to other studies on paediatric burns."
According to the findings, the most common burn injury among children were scalds, which is a burn injury caused when the skin comes into contact with heat at high temperatures. “Scalds (89 per cent) were predominant in patients of age less than five years, followed by older children who sustain injury caused mainly by flames (13 per cent),” authors of the study noted.
Researchers also reported that the death rate due to burn injuries was 2.21 per cent. “Time of presentation at the hospital after the incidence of burns is very important in view of the management of burns is concerned. In our study, 76 per cent patients were arrived in less than six hours of accident that leads to faster treatment and better survival of patients,” study authors told a news portal.
The study's findings were originally published in the International Journal of Scientific Research.
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