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Is the heat wave increasing the number of falls from open windows among children?
  1. N Hussain,
  2. L Mewasingh,
  3. J Gosalakkal
  1. Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr N Hussain
    Leicester Royal Infirmary, University Hospital, Of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK;dr_nahin{at}

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Head injury is a leading cause of death and disability in children and young people worldwide.1,2 The incidence of accidents and head injury among children increases during the summer months.3,4 During the warmer months of summer, when windows are often left open, the number of children who falls from windows increases dramatically. The exact incidence of falls from open windows among children in the United Kingdom is not known. Each year in the United States, 15–20 children <10 years of age die, and >4000 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for window fall-related injuries. In one study that involved >2000 children in a suburban trauma centre, it …

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