Accidents in the First Three Years of Life

Child Care Health Dev. Nov-Dec 1975;1(6):421-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.1975.tb00228.x.


This study is concerned with a group of normal children. It reports a correlation between the condition of a baby at birth, as recorded by a modified Apgar scale, and a future history of accidental injury before age three. Various other behavioural characteristics were also associated with having scored relatively poorly on the Apgar type scale; in addition, there was some evidence that the pregnancies and previous obstetric histories of the mothers of poor birth status babies had been different. Possible connections between the behavioural characteristics and a liability to accidental injury are discussed, as is the part played by the relatively poor status at birth.

MeSH terms

  • Accident Proneness*
  • Accidents, Home
  • Age Factors
  • Apgar Score
  • Child Development*
  • Child, Preschool
  • England
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn