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Safety and Injury Prevention for Children

Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death among children ages 14 and younger, according to the National SAFE KIDS campaign. Although this death rate has declined over the years (43 percent between 1987 and 2004), children remain at risk for unintentional injury-related death and disability. Unfortunately, one in every four children each year suffers injuries that are serious enough to require medical attention -- this translates into more than 14 million children a year.

Most unintentional injuries occur between May and August and during evening hours, when children are most likely to be unsupervised. Almost half of all unintentional injuries occur in or around the home.

However, unintentional injuries are preventable. With proper education, improvements to children's environment, enforcement of certain safety legislation and regulations, and community involvement, many injuries can be prevented. In fact, up to 90 percent of unintentional injuries can be prevented.

Listed in the directory below you will find some considerations for safety and injury prevention, for which we have provided a brief overview.

Household Safety

First Aid Kit

Airway Obstruction

Poisoning

Bicycle / In-Line Skating / Skateboarding / Scooter Safety

Toy Safety

Sports Safety

Water Safety for Parents

Firearm Safety for Parents

Motor Vehicle Safety

Safety and Injury Prevention for Children - WellSpan Health

Online Medical Reviewer: Jones, Niya, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Sather, Rita, RN
© 2014 WellSpan Health. All Rights Reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.

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