November 20th is Universal Children’s Day, a day instituted by the United Nations’ General Assembly to be observed around the world. The U.N.’s goal was to set aside a day to remember the welfare of children across the globe. In honor of Universal Children’s Day, Fox Goldblatt & Singer PC wanted to address child safety on today’s blog.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 12,000 children (ages 0-18) die in the United States every year due to unintentional injuries. Many more are injured- approximately 9.2 million. This statistic is staggering, but thankfully there are steps everyone can take to dramatically reduce these numbers. Below are some of the top causes of child injury and death in the United States and preventative steps parents and guardians can take.
Statistically, the leading cause of avoidable child death in the United States is transportation accidents.
Although we can’t control the way other people drive, there are certain steps we can take to make traveling in the car with children safer. For example,
The CDC reports that suffocation is the leading cause of death among children under the age of 1.
Children zero to eleven months are still learning how to control their extremities, which is why suffocation is the cause of two-thirds of child deaths in this age group.
Accidental drowning is the number one cause of death among children aged 1 to 4 years old.
It doesn’t take a large body of water to cause a drowning accident. In fact, many child drowning incidents occur in bathtubs and other shallow pools of water.
Among children aged 1 to 4 years old, poisoning is one of the leading causes of nonfatal injuries.
Infants, toddlers and young children are prone to put things in their mouth that don’t belong there. Below are some tips for keeping dangerous products out of your child’s reach.
Nonfatal falls are the leading cause of child injury among all age groups under 19 in the United States.
The CDC reports that about 2.8 million children across the U.S. make a trip to the emergency room because of a fall. Below are some tips for preventing avoidable falls.
At Fox Goldblatt & Singer PC, we are just as passionate about preventing injuries as we are about representing victims after accidents have occurred. To learn more about how our firm helps accident victims, contact us today!