Thursday, April 19, 2012

Child injury

More than 9,000 children lost their lives as the result of an unintentional injury in the United States in 2009, as this month’s edition of Vital Signs.

The injury death rate among children dropped nearly 30% over the last decade. However, injury is still the number one cause of death among children. Common causes of deaths from child injuries include motor vehicle crashes, suffocation, drowning, poisoning, fires and burns, and falls.

Though rates for most causes of child injuries have been declining, suffocation rates are on the rise, driven by a 54% increase in reported cases among infants less than one year old. Poisoning death rates also went up, largely due to a 91% increase in deaths among teens aged 15-19, mainly caused by prescription drug overdoses.

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