Children who trap their fingers in doors can suffer lifelong problems, plastic surgeons warn

Children who trap their fingers in doors have amputations

Around 30,000 children trap their fingers in doors every year as expert warns lack of safety latches on doors could be to blame.

Children who trap their fingers in doors can suffer lifelong problems, a plastic surgeon adds.

In some instances, trapping a finger as a youngster can lead to chronic pain, migraines, depression or even amputation in later life, according to The British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (Bapras).

Bapras advises that safety latches should be put on doors in homes.

Self-shutting fire doors, car doors and hinges are the top three causes of such injuries.

Children who trap their fingers in doors can suffer lifelong problems, plastic surgeons warn

Children who trap their fingers in doors can suffer lifelong problems, plastic surgeons warn

HOW TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE AT HOME

To keep children safe at home, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents recommends:

Finger injuries can prevent people pursuing careers

Bapras recommends parents install small, C-shaped devices made of foam or rubber over doors to stop them slamming. These are not suitable for fire doors.

Hinge protectors are another option, it adds.

Bapras spokeswoman and plastic surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital, London Anna De Leo, told the BBC: ‘The injuries are so serious that the patient would need to undergo a clinic appointment, an X-ray, day surgery, a follow-up nurse appointment and possibly physiotherapy.

‘Fingertip injury alone can result in 20 per cent loss of hand strength and can prevent people from pursuing their chosen career.

Ms De Leo adds people often underestimate the importance of their fingers in carrying out everyday tasks, such as tying shoelaces or using a computer keyboard, and should therefore be more careful.

Finger injuries aside, the most severe accidents that occur within the home are falling and burns, which tend to happen on the stairs and in the kitchen.

Boys under four are most at risk of such incidents.

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