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CDC report shows injuries to children are on the rise

The leading cause of death for children 0 to 19 years of age is unintentional injuries.  Each year these injuries continue to rise with over 12,000 a year dying from unintentional injuries and more than 9.2 million being seen in the emergency room each year. 

What are the statistics for non-fatal injuries?

When it comes to emergency rooms visit for injuries to children the rates of injury were higher for males in the ages of one to 19 with those under one having the similar incident rates between genders. 

  • Falls -  Injuries due to falls are the leading cause of injuries for children under 15 and result in over 2.8 million emergency room visits per year.  In children under one-year of age, falls account for 50% of the reported injuries.  In the age group 15 to 19 it is one of the top three sources of injury.
  • Animal and insect stings - One of the top three causes of injuries to children ages 0 to 9 are stings or bites from animals and insects including domestic pets.
  • Being stuck against an object - One of the top two leading causes of injury for the ages of 0 to 9 is injuries sustained from being stuck against or between objects.
  • Being struck by an object - For the ages of 10 to 14 and 15 to 19 one of the top two causes of emergency related injuries is being struck by an object.
  • Overexertion - This is the other leading cause of severe injuries for children and can often occur due to sports or other long bouts of physically related activity especially in warm temperature.
  • Motor Vehicle injuries - One of the three top injury causes for age 15 to 19 is injuries that result from being the driver or passenger in a motor vehicle accident.

How many children suffer fatal injuries? 

Over 12,000 children on average each year will die to do to unintentional injury with the rate for males being almost two times higher than that of females.  While the deaths rates from injury are the same for both white and African American children, the highest rates of death are Alaskan Natives and American Indian, with the Asian and Pacific island races having the lowest rates.

Injuries of children that result in death have the largest number of incidents occurring as the result of transportation with motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents being the highest rates.  While transportation incidents were the highest, there were three other primary causes of child death resulting from an injury.  

  • Suffocation - Over two-third of the deaths for those under the age of one were related to suffocation.  The rate is 16 times more than that of older children.
  • Drowning - Drowning is reported as the leading cause of death for the age group of one to four.
  • Poisoning - Poisoning most often affects those over the age of 15 with the rate being five times that of any other age group.

How to protect your child from unintentional injury

While you will not be able to prevent all types of injuries for your child, there are steps that you can take to reduce their risk and limit the damage when it occurs.  Some of the safety measures you can take include:

  • Requiring your child to wear protective gear while riding a bike, scooter, or playing sports
  • Making sure children are properly secured in motor vehicles, by following guidelines for car seats and safety belts
  • Taking your child in when injuries occur to ensure they receive proper medical treatment
  • Keeping all poisonous substances marked, sealed and out of reach of children
  • Making sure all play equipment is repaired and maintained
  • Carefully observing your younger children while on the playground
  • Putting safety fences and alarms on and around pool areas

If your child is injured, you should seek medical help and follow treatment guidelines that have been set by your doctor. Once you have addressed your child's immediate needs, you should seek out the legal advice of an attorney if your child's injuries were the result of a company's or other person's negligence.

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