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The COVID pandemic may have been the youngest and most difficult of us, despite the fact that children are statistically least likely to be infected with the virus. Visits to the overall Pediatric Emergency Department (ER) PandemicAccording to the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of firearm injuries, self-harms, and drug addiction visits has increased significantly compared to pre-pandemic levels. report..
“The loss of parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents, the increase in other adversities, and the disruption of daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic may also increase. [their] Behavioral health concerns and unhealthy coping behavior, “CDC researchers write.
The agency analyzed the data from National Syndrome Surveillance Program Three periods from March 2020 to the end of 2020, 2021, and almost the first month of January 2022.
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They compared these monitoring periods with the corresponding weeks in 2019 and evaluated the data by total visits and diagnostics for three different age groups (0-4, 5-11, and 12-17 years). ..
ER visits for children aged 12 to 17 years secondary to “self-harm” injuries increased by at least 50%, mental illness visits increased by up to 60%, and drug addiction or overdose visits had an impact It increased by up to 70% in the three years I received. Pandemic, the report says.
This was despite the overall reduction in pediatric emergency room visits by more than 50% in 2020 and 22% in 2021 compared to 2019 visits.
“Factors that affect caregivers, such as unavailable or unpredictable childcare, illness, financial difficulties, and mental health concerns, can increase the vulnerability of children and adolescents,” the authors said.
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Cannabis-While visits by children under the age of 4 related to accidental ingestion have more than tripled, firearm injuries to children in the same group were between March 2020 and January 2022. It has quadrupled compared to the 2019 visit.
The report states that during the pandemic, children aged 5 to 11 years had doubled their ER visits to firearms, while their marijuana-related visits tripled.
There were some restrictions on the findings. The data analyzed may not represent the pediatric population across the country. The true prevalence of the condition under investigation may be unknown, as the study contained only data related to emergency room visits and trends were assessed through emergency room coding. The diagnosis may count multiple visits from the same patient.
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“Strengthening support to reduce family stress, increased access to services and resources, safe storage of firearms and other deadly means, restricted access to drugs such as cannabis (use of children and adolescents) Comprehensive preventive strategies (to reduce) will help address these factors. “