The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new report showing that roughly 12,000 children lose their lives as the result of accidents each year. The report also showed that a majority of the deaths were preventable.
Traffic accidents are the biggest killers of children, accounting for more than half of all deaths. Suffocation and drowning are the other top two causes of accidental death. Another nine million in this age bracket required visits to an emergency room for nonfatal injuries caused by accidents. Infants under the age of one are the most at-risk group of children with teenagers second.
In addition to car accidents, other leading causes of death among children are suffocation and drowning. Approximately 116,000 people age nineteen and younger lost their lives between 2000 and 2009. In general, boys have more than double the risk of dying as the result of an accident than girls. The CDC has labeled accidental deaths of children a “central challenge for public health.”
In the report the CDC strongly noted that most injuries are preventable, and called on parents and schools to lead the effort to reduce accidents. “Using safety equipment during sports participation, requiring four-sided residential pool fencing, and encouraging safe sleep practices for infants,” will all go a long way in reducing accidental deaths the agency said.
Car accidents caused five times more “lost years” than the next highest cause of accidental death, drowning. The CDC defines lost years as the total number of years between the age a child dies and its life expectancy. The agency recommended, “using safety belts, reducing drinking and driving, strengthening graduated driver licensing laws,” to reduce the number of car accident fatalities.
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