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Long-term home isolation due to lockdown measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak bears the potential for increased risk of domestic accidents in children, as an additional collateral damage of this pandemic.1–3
Hence, we aimed to assess the frequency and severity of presentations for domestic accidents between 8 March, when lockdown measures were enforced in our region, and 20 April 2020 compared with the corresponding period during the previous year.
We searched the paediatric emergency department (PED) electronic database for injury presentations related to trauma, poisoning, burns and foreign bodies (in the respiratory/gastrointestinal tract, or in the ear/nose/throat), as well as any presentations flagged as domestic injury at triage. We reviewed the identified records to accurately select injuries sustained in the household. We excluded children<1 year of age, as they most commonly stay at home independently of whether lockdown measures are in place or not. We also excluded self-inflicted injuries or intentional poisonings.
The primary outcomes …