Ten Boston under-4s a day go to A&E after accidents

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An average of 10 children aged under four in Boston are admitted to hospital A&E departments every week as a result of accidents.

The figures have been released as part of Child Safety Week as the authorities look to raise awareness of the dangers faced by young children.

The number of under-17s in Boston attending A&E departments after an accident each week is 44.

Across the county the number of under-4s suffering accidents that lead to A&E is said to be 17 a day.

To try to cut these figures Lincolnshire County Council has arranged events across the county to promote measures that can be taken to cut down the chances of children having accidents in the home – where the danger is said to be 
twice as high as in a public place.

Two of those will be held in Boston, one in Asda tomorrow (Thursday) and one at the Pilgrim Hospital on Friday. Both last from 9am until 4pm.

As well as top tips on child safety, the events will also see items such as cleats – used to tie up loose blind cords to prevent strangulation – handed out for free.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for care, health and children’s services, said: “In 2011/12 in Lincolnshire, accidents were the most common reason for hospital admissions for children and young people, and many could have been prevented.

“Cuts and bruises are a normal part of growing up, but the risk of serious injuries and even deaths from things like poisoning, burns or choking, can be considerably reduced if basic safety measures are put in place.”

Safety suggestions include fitting stairgates and moving medicines and hot drinks out of reach of children.

The most common injuries for children are said to be from falls, hitting objects around the home or eating or drinking something they shouldn’t.