HealthDay News — A steady and persistent number of personal care product-related injuries were reported for young children from 2002 to 2016, most often occurring among those aged <2 years, according to a study published online June 16 in Clinical Pediatrics.

Jordan Vajda, from Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and colleagues conducted a retrospective analysis using data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System for children aged <5 years who were treated for a cosmetic-related injury in US emergency departments from 2002 to 2016.

During the 15-year study period, an estimated 64,686 children were treated in emergency departments for cosmetic-related injuries. The researchers found that during the study period, the rate of children treated in emergency departments for these injuries did not significantly change (slope = 1.1 per 10,000 children per year; P = 0.95). Injuries were most often associated with nail care, hair care, skin care, and fragrance products (28.3, 27.0, 25.0, and 12.7%, respectively); poisoning was the most common diagnosis (86.2%), while chemical burns accounted for 13.8% of cases. Ingestion was the most common route of exposure (75.7% of all injuries). Children aged <2 years were most often injured (59.3%).

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“These findings demonstrate the need for increased efforts and prevention messaging to reduce the burden of cosmetic injuries,” the authors write. “Particularly, prevention efforts need to be age-specific to couple developmental milestones with corresponding cosmetic product exposures.”

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