Abusive Head Trauma in Infants During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Paris Metropolitan Area

août 2022 JAMA Network Open

Key Points

Question Did the incidence of abusive head trauma in infants in the Paris metropolitan area increase during the first 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic (2020-2021) compared with the prepandemic period (2017-2019)?

Findings In a time-series analysis of a cohort study including 99 infants, abusive head trauma incidence was stable in 2020 and then nearly doubled, a significant increase, in 2021.

Meaning These findings suggest that the marked increase in abusive head trauma incidence during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Paris metropolitan area should prompt clinical awareness and preventive actions.

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