Every hour, one child dies from an injury.
1 in 5
About 1 in 5 child deaths is due to injury.
Every 4 seconds, a child is treated for an injury in an emergency department.
Child injuries* are preventable, yet more than 9,000 children died from injuries in the US in 2009. Car crashes, suffocation, drowning, poisoning, fires, and falls are some of the most common ways children are hurt or killed. The number of children dying from injury dropped nearly 30% over the last decade. However, injury is still the number 1 cause of death among children. More can be done to keep our children safe.
* 'Child injuries' refers to unintentional injuries that occur among children and teens 0-19 years.
What Can Be Done
States and communities can
- Align efforts with the National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention, released in 2012 by CDC and more than 60 partner organizations. Visit www.cdc.gov/safechild.
- Strengthen data collection on child injury to identify problems and track progress.
- Use strategies shown to reduce injuries such as graduated driver licenses, learn-to-swim programs, and prescription drug monitoring programs.
- Improve access to poison control centers, trauma center care, and preventive services (such as CPR/first aid training).
Health care systems can
- Use technology, such as electronic medical records, to improve the speed and quality of care for injured children, and to monitor the number and severity of injuries.
- Include child safety education for new parents and at all pediatric visits.
- Protect all employees, including youth, from workplace injuries by complying with existing safety standards and regulations.
- Provide proper safety training, education, and protective equipment for each job task.
- Take steps to prevent child injury where you live, work, and play.
- Be a good role model—wear a seat belt, use a helmet, and follow other safety tips.
- Learn more about protecting the ones you love at www.cdc.gov/safechild.
- Vital Signs: Unintentional Injury Deaths Among Persons Aged 0-19 Years – United States, 2000-2009: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
- CDC Feature: Vital Signs: Injury is the #1 killer of children
- National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention
- Protect the Ones You Love
- Color Me Safe
- Child Injury: What You Need to Know [Podcast – 1:15 minutes]
- Lesiones infantiles: Lo que necesita saber [Podcast – 1:29 minutes]
- Child Injury: What You Need to Know [PSA – 60 seconds]
On Other Web Sites
- Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Consumer Product Safety Commission Pool Safely
- Federal Emergency Management Administration: Fires
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- MedlinePlus-Child Safety
- MedlinePlus-Drugs and Young People
- MedlinePlus-Infant and Newborn Care
- MedlinePlus-Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
- Page last reviewed: April 16, 2012
- Page last updated: April 16, 2012
- Content source:
- National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
- Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communications (OADC)