According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), accidental and preventable injuries are the leading cause of death in children 19-years-old and younger. Each year, more than 9 million parents and caregivers rush their children to emergency departments across the country for injuries caused by car accidents, falls, poisoning, drowning, burns, and more – and over 12,000 kids and teens die as a result.
Every November, the U.S. observes Child Safety and Protection Month to raise awareness about the hazards that kids face daily. Fortunately, there are steps we can all take to improve child safety both inside and outside of the home.
Motor vehicle-related accidents are the leading cause of injury deaths in children 0 to 19-years-old. The highest fatality rate is amongst vehicle occupants, though pedestrians and bicyclists account for a large number of deadly injuries as well. Car, cycling, and pedestrian-related accidents are not the only dangers that kids and teens face, though: different age groups are vulnerable to different hazards.
Kids under the age of 1 are particularly susceptible to fatal suffocation injuries, whereas drowning and accidental poisoning are both leading causes of fatal injuries for children between the ages of 1 and 4. Car accidents are the leading cause of injury death for kids and teens between 5 and 19-years-old. Other risk factors also influence injury death rates, such as gender. For example, males in every age group are nearly two-times as likely to be injured or killed in an unintentional or preventable accident than females.
While nonfatal accidents in kids and teens show some similar trends to fatal ones, there are also a few key differences. One similarity is that males are more likely to sustain nonfatal injuries than females. One of the key differences, however, is the cause behind the injuries. In children under 15-years-old, falls are one of the leading causes of nonfatal injuries. Here are some of the other common culprits for injuries in children and teens:
Kids and teens may be notoriously accident prone, but there are still steps that we can all take this Child Safety and Protection Month (and every other month!) to reduce the many dangers associated with known risk factors. Here are just a few examples of effective ways to help keep kids and teens safe and accident-free:
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