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Infant and Child Safety

Each year, an estimated 8.7 million children and teens from birth to age 19 are treated in emergency departments (EDs) for unintentional injuries and more than 9,000 die as a result of their injuries—one every hour (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2013). The statistic is staggering. Every hour, a preventable injury takes the life of a child. While we have made great strides in reducing the rate of child deaths as a result of injury over the last decade, sadly this is still the #1 killer of children and teens in the United States. Injuries often occur in predictable ways and can be completely avoided with parental supervision, education, awareness and planning. Common causes of fatal and nonfatal childhood injuries include: falls, transportation and pedestrian related injuries, drowning, fires or burns, poisoning, and suffocation.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

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For information on Injury Prevention, email our Injury Prevention Coordinators at traumaprevention@memorialhermann.org.