Thursday, 21 April 2011

SBS: Stress could be reason for hike in child injuries

by Bob McClay/KTAR (April 20th, 2011 @ 10:17am)

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Children's Hospital, like some hospitals elsewhere, has seen a rise in children's head injuries, possibly because of parental stress caused by the struggling economy, according to a trauma doctor.
Dr. David Adelson, who works at PCH, said the high numbers of foreclosures may be playing a role.
"Parents and children, if they are displaced from their home, or if they're under economic stress, or about to lose the home, things like that, then that obviously is going to create stress within the family. Sometimes, the children are the people who get lashed out at."
He added, "It's not an unusual situation that we see this. It's just now coming to light because of the protracted recession that we're seeing."
People with high levels of stress in their lives need to seek help and resolve their problems before someone gets hurt, Adelson said.
"Be aware that this can happen. It can happen to you, it can happen to one of your family. It's important to really keep an open mind and an open view that you don't let things get out of hand."
A study by researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio found that the number of babies hospitalized for non-accidental head trauma -- previously known as shaken baby syndrome -- doubled during the recent ression. Mary I. Huang -- who was to present the study Wednesday at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons' meeting in Denver -- said the reason for the increase was beyond the scope of the study, although she believes stress from economic problems is a possibility

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