Community-based study of unintentional injuries among preschool children in Damascus

East Mediterr Health J. Mar-Apr 2008;14(2):398-405.

Abstract

To assess injuries among 1125 preschool children in Damascus, and to investigate the risk factors, a retrospective home survey of childhood injuries for a period of 12 months was carried out in 4 areas of residence: agricultural rural, non-agricultural rural, periurban and urban. More than 75% of mothers believed that injuries were preventable. During the year preceding the study, 261 injuries were reported, an incidence of 23%. The most frequent injuries were from falls, 52.0%, and most injuries (73.9%) occurred inside the home. Area of residence was the only independent predictor for the occurrence of childhood injuries.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidents / mortality
  • Accidents / statistics & numerical data*
  • Cause of Death
  • Child Mortality
  • Child, Preschool
  • Developing Countries
  • Family Characteristics
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Population Surveillance
  • Residence Characteristics / statistics & numerical data
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Rural Health / statistics & numerical data
  • Suburban Health / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Syria / epidemiology
  • Urban Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / etiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control