Injuries Among Children
Injuries are an especially serious problem among the young. Approximately 37 children and adolescents die from unintentional injuries in the US every day. For every death there are many more nonfatal injuries that cause permanent disabilities or disfigurement. Each year in the United States 1 in 5 children receives medical care as a result of an injury. Injuries are the leading cause of medical spending for children and adolescents in the United States.
Certain populations of children are at higher risk than others depending on age, gender, race, and socioeconomic status. Poverty is the primary predictor of injury risk. Children with disabilities are at increased risk of injury as well as children in rural areas.
Centers for Disease Control
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Safe Kids Worldwide
Safety Policy Center