More than 5,000 children a year go the emergency room after falling from windows, a study in the journal Pediatrics finds. The study, released Monday, examines patterns of such falls in children up to age 17, and finds that younger children may be at greater risk overall.
Researchers looked at data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System from 1990 to 2008. In that time there were 98,415 children treated in hospital emergency rooms after sustaining a window fall, averaging 5,180 patients per year (not included in the study were falls from car windows, tree house windows, windows in homes under construction, falls through windows and falls from window sills, since in most of those cases the child fell back into the room). Patients were grouped by age, from 0 to 4 years old -- the higher-risk group -- and from 5 to 17 years old.