Children in one-parent homes face a higher risk of accidents
One in six three-year-olds have had an accident or injury requiring hospital treatment or admission, with those in families of one parent at higher risk, according to a new report.
The report by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland said the prevalence is also higher among households where the main carer has lower levels of education or has a long standing health condition.
Prevalence of injuries and accidents were found to be also higher among boys compared to girls.
The findings are based on wave two of the infant cohort of the 'Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) National Longitudinal Study of Children'.
The study involved interviews with 9,793 families of three-year-old children in 2011.
The lowest prevalence was in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and the highest in Limerick city.
The report points out that injuries are the leading cause of death among children and place a large burden on health systems.
EuroSafe estimates that 28pc of all deaths across the European Union among children aged 0-14 years are due to injuries.
Injury occurrence is disproportionately higher among children compared to the rest of the population.
For example, across the EU, it is estimated that 7.9 million children under 14 are treated in hospital for injuries.
This represents 19pc of all hospital injuries, while this age group represents only 16pc of the total population, according to the report.