It’s the holiday season again, a time when we enjoy festive meals with family and friends, deck our halls with colourful decorations and listen to squeals of delight as our children open their brightly wrapped presents. It is also a season which brings a harvest of injuries to our children. “Bored children are more likely […]
Road traffic injuries are the 4th leading cause of injury in children and account for 14% of all injuries. In 2019, 771 children were treated for traffic related injuries at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital Trauma Unit, down from 892 in 2018. Passenger injuries were 24% of traffic injuries. Of the child passengers treated, […]
The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital (RCWMCH) annually treats approximately 7500 children for injuries such as burns, falls and transport-related injuries. For every child death as a result of injury, hundreds more are hospitalized, thousands of emergency department visits and unknown numbers of clinic and doctors’ visits. Many children survive their injuries with temporary […]
The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital (RCWMCH) annually treats approximately 7500 children for injuries which are preventable. For every child death as a result of injury, many more are hospitalized, hundreds of emergency department visits and thousands of clinic and doctors’ visits. Many children surviving their injuries sustain temporary or permanent, life changing disabilities. […]
A small child exposed to a potentially poisonous substance causes great anxiety in parents. In South Africa, just under half of the calls to the Poisons Information Helpline relate to accidental poisoning in children under the age of 5 years. Fortunately, accidental poisoning is seldom fatal; childhood poisoning contributed only 0.3% to deaths in children […]
Winter is the time when children are most at risk to burns. Again, now, during Lockdown families are mostly at home and parents, grandparents and adults in the family will need to take special care of the children to prevent burns and other injuries. There is a lot hotter food and drink around and generally […]
Children’s safety advocacy organisation ChildSafe has offered guidance and support to keep children safe while the government’s stay-at-home regulations are still being enforced.