Vital Signs: Injury is the #1 Killer of Children
The latest edition of CDC Vital Signs discusses the serious problem of child injury in the United States and the proven measures that can help save young lives.
Injury is the #1 cause of death among children. We've made progress in keeping kids safe and the number of children dying from injury dropped nearly 30% over the last decade. However, more than 9,000 children died from unintentional injuries in the United States in 2009.
Car crashes, suffocation, drowning, poisoning, fires, and falls are some of the most common ways children are hurt or killed. Though death rates for most of these are dropping, suffocation and poisoning rates are on the rise. The upsurge in suffocations has been driven by a 54% increase in reported suffocation among infants <1 year. Additionally, increases in poisoning death rates were due to a 91% increase among teens aged 15-19.
More can be done to keep our children safe from injury.
Steps for safety – Preventing Leading Causes of Child Injury
Learn additional actions that can be taken by states and communities, health care systems, employers, and more at Vital Signs Child Injury.
National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention
CDC is committed to preventing child injury by promoting solutions that will save lives and help children live to their fullest potential. The National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention was developed by CDC and more than 60 stakeholders to spark action across the nation. The National Action Plan's overall goals are to:
- Raise awareness about the problem of child injury and the effects on our nation.
- Highlight prevention solutions by uniting stakeholders around a common set of goals and strategies.
- Mobilize action on a national, coordinated effort to reduce child injury.
Learn more and download your copy of the National Action Plan.
- CDC Vital Signs: Child Injury
- CDC MMWR on Child Injury: Unintentional Injury Deaths Among Persons Aged 0–19 Years — United States, 2000–2009
- CDC Vital Signs Audio Podcast
- National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention
- Protect the Ones You Love
- Color Me Safe
- Prevent Child Injuries [PODCAST - 01:15 minutes]
- Child Injury Prevention [PSA - 0:60 seconds]
- MedlinePlus-Child Safety
- MedlinePlus-Drugs and Young People
- MedlinePlus-Infant and Newborn Care
- MedlinePlus-Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
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