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Children’s door-crush finger injuries ’can be lifelong’
According to Bapras, self-shutting fire safety doors, car doors and hinges are the top three causes of finger and hand injuries in children.
It recommends putting small C-shaped devices made of foam or rubber over doors to prevent them slamming -
but these are not suitable for fire doors because they prevent the door from closing.
Bapras spokeswoman Anna De Leo, a plastic surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital, London, said finger injuries were not a joke.
The British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (Bapras) said the injuries in some cases could lead to amputation and long-term pain.
"When he tried to extend the gate leg table, the tip of my right hand ring finger was severed," she says.
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Children and toddlers whose fingers are crushed by closing doors can end up with lifelong problems, plastic surgeons are warning.
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About 30,000 children trap their fingers in doors each year and more than 1,500 of them need surgery.