Cosmetic-Related Injuries Treated in US Emergency Departments: 2002 to 2016

Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2019 Dec;58(14):1493-1501. doi: 10.1177/0009922819850492. Epub 2019 Jun 16.

Abstract

A retrospective analysis was conducted by using data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System for children <5 years who were treated in US emergency departments (EDs) from 2002-2016) for a cosmetic-related injury. An estimated 64 686 (95% confidence interval = 53 037-76 335) children were treated in EDs for cosmetic-related injuries during the 15-year study period. There was no significant change in the rate (slope = 1.1 per 10 000 children per year, P = .95) of injuries over the study period. Injuries were most commonly associated with nail care (28.3%), hair care (27.0%), skin care (25.0%), and fragrance (12.7%) products. Children aged <2 years were most frequently injured (59.3%), and poisoning was the most common diagnosis (86.2%). To our knowledge, this is the first study to use a nationally representative sample to describe the epidemiology of cosmetic-related injuries among children aged <5 years. Unintentional exposure to cosmetics is an important source of injury for young children.

Keywords: National Electronic Injury Surveillance; chemical burns; cosmetics; pediatric; poisoning.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Cosmetics / adverse effects*
  • Cosmetics / therapeutic use
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Hand Injuries / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Product Packaging
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Skin / injuries*
  • United States

Substances

  • Cosmetics